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North Korea approves nuclear strike on US

The North Korean army said Thursday it had final approval to launch "merciless" military strikes on the United States.


SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Adding to weeks-long bellicose rhetoric, North Korea's military announced Thursday that it would take a series of military actions against the United States.

In a statement, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said it would "take a series of strong, actual military countermeasures as the Supreme Command solemnly declared at home and abroad."

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It added it is formally notifying the White House and the Pentagon that "reckless operations" involving cutting-edge nuclear weapons have been finally approved.

It did not specify what measures it will take or the timing.

It was condemning the U.S. deployment of advanced weapons, including B-52 and B-2 bombers, F-22 fighters, a nuclear-powered submarine and destroyer, to the Korean Peninsula region for annual joint military drills with South Korea.

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