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North Korea: US Has No Monopoly on Right to Preemptive Nuclear Attacks

'We cannot let our enemies strike first'

- Craig Brown, staff writer

North Korean citizens and soldiers attend a rally held to support "The March 5 statement issued by a spokesman of the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army", at the Kim Il Sung Plaza in Pyongyang March 7, 2013 in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency. The Korean characters read: "Dear supreme commander comrade, please just issue an order!". (KCNA)

Declaring that the United States' right to "preemptive nuclear attack is not their monopoly," North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States.

A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the country will exercise its right for "a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors" because the US is holding the Foal Eagle "nuclear war drills" with South Korea this month.

"Foal Eagle" is the name for the war games conducted between South Korea and the US military. It is one of the largest military exercises conducted annually in the world.

North Korea is believed to have enough nuclear fuel to build several nuclear weapons.

The Bush Doctrine:
"We cannot let our enemies strike first.”
The United States has a long history of launching preemptive military interventions but after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks President Bush's 2002 National Security Strategy paper took preemption to a new level: “The United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past. The inability to deter a potential attacker, the immediacy of today’s threats, and the magnitude of potential harm that could be caused by our adversaries’ choice of weapons, do not permit that option. We cannot let our enemies strike first.”

Subsequently, the Obama administration has adopted and continued most of the preemptive polices of the post-9/11 'Bush Doctrine.'

In Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, tens of thousands of North Koreans protested the US-South Korean war drills and sanctions.

Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong told the crowd that North Korea is ready to fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.

"Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status," Kang said. "When we shell, Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, will be engulfed in a sea of fire."

According to the Korean Central News Agency speakers at the rally:

[...] warned that the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean warmongers should clearly understand who is their rival and what miserable fate awaits them and be fully aware that the right to preemptive nuclear attack is not their monopoly.

The nuclear preemption statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was carried in full by the Korean Central News Agency:

Second Korean War Is Unavoidable

The U.S. is now working hard to ignite a nuclear war to stifle the DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea).

Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises kicked off by the U.S., putting the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war, are maneuvers for a nuclear war aimed to mount a preemptive strike on the DPRK from A to Z.

The U.S. is massively deploying armed forces for aggression, including nuclear carrier task force and strategic bombers, enough to fight a nuclear war under the smokescreen of "annual drills."

What should not be overlooked is that the war maneuvers are timed to coincide with the moves to fabricate a new "resolution" of the UN Security Council against the DPRK, pursuant to a war scenario of the U.S. to ignite a nuclear war under the pretext of "nuclear nonproliferation".

It is a trite war method of the U.S. to cook up "a resolution" at the UNSC to justify its war of aggression and then unleash it under the berets of "UN forces."

"The U.S. is, indeed, the very criminal threatening global peace and security as it is staging dangerous war drills in this region, the biggest hotspot in the world and a nuclear arsenal where nuclear weapons and facilities are densely deployed."That is why the U.S. is hurling into the war maneuvers even armed forces of its satellite countries which participated in the past Korean War as "UN forces".

After directing the strategic pivot for world hegemony to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. regards it as its primary goal to put the whole of the Korean Peninsula under its control in a bid to secure a bridgehead for landing in the Eurasian continent. It also seeks a way out of a serious economic crisis at home in unleashing the second Korean war.

The U.S. is, indeed, the very criminal threatening global peace and security as it is staging dangerous war drills in this region, the biggest hotspot in the world and a nuclear arsenal where nuclear weapons and facilities are densely deployed.

The DPRK has so far made every possible effort while exercising maximum self-restraint in order to defend the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

The U.S. is, however, responding to the DPRK's good will and self-restraint with large-scale nuclear war maneuvers and the "annual" war drills are developing into a real war. Under this situation the opportunity of diplomatic solution has disappeared and there remains only military counteraction.

The spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry states as follows upon authorization as regards the grim situation that was created on the Korean Peninsula seriously threatening the sovereignty of the country and its right to existence:

First, now that the U.S. is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.

The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army declared that it would totally nullify the Korean Armistice Agreement (AA) from March 11 when the U.S. nuclear war rehearsal gets into full swing. This meant that from that moment the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will take military actions for self-defense against any target any moment, not restrained by AA.

Second, the farce for the adoption of "resolution on sanctions" against the DPRK being backed by the U.S. at the UN Security Council will compel the DPRK to take at an earlier date more powerful second and third countermeasures as it had declared.

If the UN Security Council gives the green light to the U.S. in its moves for a war of aggression against the DPRK by adopting a new "resolution on sanctions", it will fully display the might of Songun it built up decades after decades and put an end to the evil cycle of tension.

Third, given that it has become difficult to avert the second Korean war, the DPRK strongly warns the UN Security Council not to make another big blunder like the one in the past when it earned inveterate grudge of the Korean nation by acting as a war servant for the U.S. in 1950.

The UNSC should immediately call into question the U.S. DPRK-targeted nuclear war rehearsals that pose a serious threat to the global peace and security, immediately disband the "UN Command" which is a tool for executing the U.S. war of aggression and take measures for ending the state of technical war.

Justice can be defended only when strength is reacted with strength and nuke with nuke.

Should the U.S. ignite a war in the end, it will cause flames of justice to flare up like an erupting volcano in which the aggressors will perish and the cursed Military Demarcation Line disappear for good.

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North Koreans attend a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The billboard in background depicts a large bayonet pointing at U.S. army soldiers with writing reading "If you dare invade, only death will be waiting for you!" (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)