North Korea: US 'Well Within' Nuclear Range
Pyongyang propaganda also warns Korean peninsula near 'explosion'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2013 6:37 AM CST
In this Feb. 16, 2013 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, and his wife Ri Sol Ju, center left, arrive at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

(Newser) – Pyongyang has a message for the US: North Korea has become a "fully-independent rocket and nuclear weapons state," according to an official website—and America "should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons." How credible is the warning? Experts say it could be awhile before the North actually has an intercontinental ballistic missile ready, AFP notes. But debris from December's rocket launch suggested its possible range included the US West Coast, according to South Korea.

Closer to home, Pyongyang is fuming over planned US-South Korea military drills. The Korean peninsula is "an inch away from explosion," official news warns. "The US is to blame for the situation on the Korean peninsula, which is inching close to an unpredictable phase now," said Pyongyang's UN ambassador, according to Reuters. Washington is pushing a "hostile policy" against the North via the UN Security Council, the official said.

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kawahchan
Mar 3, 2013 12:47 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Sorry, North Korea's kid Kim Jong-un, the American Republican CIA and South Korean President Park Geun-hye & National Security, they ONLY interest to negotiate with Kim Jong-un's "Prince Regent" about the framework of a "U.S.-North Korea Non-Aggression Treaty", not the basketball players. So, Jong-un, tell your "Prince Regent" to meet in Seoul or the Eastwood's IRIS III.
1492
Mar 1, 2013 10:34 AM CST
How do you kill a King Cobra? An Eastern Diamond Rattlesnake? "Chop its head off". South Korea is the body of the snake, the U.S. is the Head of the Snake. 1942
reallybig
Feb 27, 2013 9:33 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... North Korea has a rocket with "the bomb" and they won't take shit from anyone. --- North Korea got "the bomb" because they fear the US and NATO will attack them, like the US and NATO does to weaker countries who don't posses "the bomb." TO those of you who think we are far superior than them, and we should go-on and attack North Korea now .. North Korea has a rocket with "the bomb' and can blow the shit out of South Korea, Japan, and the whole 7th fleet .. and kill about 100,000 Americans. --- AFTER the dust settled, China would be the dominating power in Asia .. and "nobody" in Asia would help Japan recover .. because Japan has "no" friends in Asia. The US and NATO hasn't won a war since the US and the allies defeated the NAZIS in WW2. --- Japan only surrendered after the US dropped 2 Atom bombs on them in WW2. --- The US fought the North Koreans to a stand-off, and that war has never ended .. and the US lost the Vietnam war .. brought freedom to Iraq without winning .. and Obama lost the Afghan war. Obama has US troops "hiding" behind blast-proof walls from Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and uses drones, missiles and bombs, to kill innocent civilians. --- Obama (got his ass kicked) and lost the Afghan War to guys riding donkeys, wearing nightshirts, gym shoes and sandals. Fight who? --------------- REALLY?