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North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike Against US

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Just hours before the United Nations votes on tougher sanctions against the country, North Korea has issued a new threat against the United States.

In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, North Korea's foreign ministry said, "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," Bloomberg reports.

Such harsh rhetoric is regular practice when it comes to North Koreans, but it has been notably frequent in recent days.

On Thursday, U.N. diplomats are scheduled to vote on new sanctions against North Korea following its recent nuclear test.  The country is also angry over the U.S.-South Korean military drills taking place this month.

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