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Iran Press TV

US warns North Korea against new missile launch

Iran Press TV

Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:46PM GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned North Korea against a new missile launch amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"I would say ahead of time that it (new missile launch) is a huge mistake for him (North Korean leader Kim Jong-un) to choose to do that because it will further isolate his country," Kerry said during a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Friday.

The remarks came after the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said the North had developed a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile.

On Thursday, US Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn read at a hearing on Capitol Hill an 'unclassified' paragraph from a secret Defense Intelligence Agency report that the DIA had "moderate confidence" that North Korea possessed nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles

On the same day, North Korea said, "Our arms are ready to fire and the exact coordinates are put into the warheads. Once we push the button, it will be fired and the strongholds of our enemies will be turned into a sea of flames."

The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of escalating military rhetoric following the participation of nuclear-capable US B-52 and B-2 stealth bombers in recent joint military drills with South Korea.

On April 9, Pyongyang urged all foreign institutions, enterprises, and tourists in South Korea to leave the country, warning that the Korean Peninsula was nearing 'thermonuclear war.'

North Korea declared on March 30 that it was in a "state of war" with South Korea. Pyongyang warned that if Washington and Seoul launched a preemptive attack, the conflict would "not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.

MAM/JR



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