Mar 7, 2013 9:15 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.N. Security Council plans to vote today on whether to level new sanctions against North Korea following its nuclear test last month.
Meanwhile, North Korea is issuing a new threat to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. A spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry says the North will exercise its right for "a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors" because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.
The North is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the U.S.
Such inflammatory rhetoric is common from North Korea. But it has been coming regularly in recent days. North Korea is angry over the possible sanctions and over upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills.
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