North Korea Warns Of 'Pre-Emptive' Nuclear Strike Against U.S., Says Warheads Can Reach Manhattan

Tara West

North Korea claims that they are moving from the defense to the offense in regards to relations with the United States. North Korea, who is facing an impending famine due to U.S. sanctions, warns of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States, claiming that they have warheads capable of reaching Manhattan.

The Daily Mail reports that North Korea is warning the United States of a potential nuclear strike following sanctions that are slated to put the communist country into another devastating famine. North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un has told citizens to be prepared to "chew on roots" again as the famine begins.

"In response to the U.S. frenzied hysteria for unleashing a nuclear war, we have fully transferred our army from the form of military response to the form of delivering a pre-emptive strike and we state resolutely about the readiness to deliver a pre-emptive nuclear strike."
"If this H-bomb were to be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile and fall on Manhattan in New York City, all the people there would be killed immediately and the city would burn down to ashes."
"The Korean peninsula faces the dilemma: a thermonuclear war or peace."

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia nonproliferation program, notes that though it does not appear that the weapons being launched by North Korea are not like that of the United States, it does not rule out the possibility entirely.

"It does not look like U.S. devices, to be sure, but it is hard to know if aspects of the model are truly implausible or simply that North Korean nuclear weapons look different than their Soviet and American cousins. The size, however, is consistent with my expectations for North Korea."

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