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Just hours after North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the country, the United States on Thursday warned Pyongyang over considering such an option as Washington is "fully capable" of defending itself against any missile strikes.

U.S. brushes off North Korea nuclear strike threat

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

Washington, United States (4E) – Just hours after North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the country, the United States on Thursday warned Pyongyang over considering such an option as Washington is “fully capable” of defending itself against any missile strikes.

The U.S. military also said that they are considering North Korean threats seriously, adding that Pyongyang would not gain anything by such provocations.

In a statement, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack. Our recent success in returning to testing of the upgraded version of the so-called GBI or the CE-II missile will keep us on a good trajectory to improve our defense capability against limited ballistic missile threats.”

Speaking to Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menendez said that North Korea’s threat to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against America would be nothing more than a suicide attempt for the communist state.

“I do not think the regime in Pyongyang wants to commit suicide, but that, as they must surely know, would be the result of any attack on the United States,” Senator Menendez said.

Talking about how her government is taking the threats seriously, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “You have to take a government at its word when it makes these kinds of threats, which is why we are making clear that we have not only full defensive capability for the U.S. but that we’re also prepared to defend our allies.”

Nuland also called on North to not consider scrapping the armistice agreement, which ended the Korean War in 1953 after it threatened to declare it invalid amid tougher U.N. sanctions.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to impose a fresh round of tough sanctions on North Korea.

Under the sanctions, the 15-member Council tightened restrictions on North Korea’s financial dealings and also blacklisted a few more individuals. The Council’s Resolution 2094 also said that it would not hesitate in imposing “further significant measures” if the Communist State makes another rocket launch or nuclear test.

U.S. ambassador Susan Rice said that the fresh sanctions would further isolate North Korea for ignoring international community’s demands to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Once allies, China and Russia also supported the resolution with Chinese envoy to UN Li Baodong sought “full implementation” of the resolution, while both Baodong and Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin urged the Council to take efforts to bring North Korea back to negotiations table over its nuclear drive.