1. ‘Merciless’

    N. Korea Approves Nuclear Strike on U.S.

    This video grab taken from North Korean TV on March 20, 2013 shows a Self-Propelled Suface to Air Missile during North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's overseeing of a live fire military drill using drones and cruise missile interceptors.   Kim Jong-Un oversaw a live fire military drill using drones and cruise missile interceptors, state media said, amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.  ----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / NORTH KOREAN TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - 
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    In a statement published Thursday by North Korea’s official news agency, North Korean military officials announced that they had final approval for missile strikes on the U.S., possibly involving nuclear weapons. The Army said threats would be “smashed by ... cutting-edge smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear strike means.” It added that “the moment of explosion is approaching fast,” and war could break out on the Korean peninsula “today or tomorrow.” The statement comes a week after North Korea ordered its strategic rocket units into combat status, aiming at strikes on the U.S. mainland, Guam, and Hawaii. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said North Korea posed a “clear and real” danger. The Pentagon has deployed an advanced missile defense system to Guam as a precaution.

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