October 18, 2017 09:50
North Korea warned on Monday that "a nuclear war may break out any moment."
North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UN Kim In-ryong made the remarks in a statement to a UN general assembly committee in New York. He said the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached touch-and-go point."
He claimed that North Korea completed its "state nuclear force and thus became a full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets."
"The entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range and if the U.S. dares to invade our sacred territory by even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe," he said.
He also claimed that the North "has the right to possess nuclear weapons for self-defense," as it is "the only country in the world that has been subject to an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the U.S. since the 1970s.
"What is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a 'secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership,'" he added.
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