The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said: “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.”
The statement came as footage emerged of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smiling and waving as cheering crowds watched a simulation of a U.S. city being wiped out by a nuclear attack.
North Korea claimed earlier this year that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile.
However, last week it conducted a failed missile test, drawing international condemnation.
A war of words has broken out recently after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, warned that the ‘”era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over, adding that any attack would be met with an “overwhelming response”.
China has moved 150,000 troops to the notoriously secretive state, while Russian president Vladimir Putin has also reportedly relocated troops to its border with the country.
Russian military spokesman Alexander Gordeyev refused to say why troops and equipment had been moved but said exercises had recently ended in the TransBaikal region of Siberia.
Moscow’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said: “Unfortunately, we have to admit that the risk of a serious conflict in this region has substantially increased.”
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