SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) — North Korea threatened Wednesday to stage a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States upon Washington’s miscalculation ahead of the 64th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
Pak Yong-sik, the minister of North Korea’s armed forces, made the remark during his speech in a meeting to mark the anniversary slated for Thursday.
“If enemies misunderstand our strategic status and stick to options of staging a pre-emptive nuclear attack against us, we will launch a nuclear attack on America’s heart as the most relentless punishment without warning or prior notice,” Pak was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The North’s warning came amid speculation that North Korea may be preparing to carry out another missile test launch around the anniversary.
Transporter vehicles carrying equipment for the firing of a ballistic missile were seen arriving in Kusong of the country’s northwestern province, CNN reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed U.S. defense official.
The armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, leaving South and North Korea technically in a state of war. The North has designated the date as Victory Day to celebrate what it claims is its victory against the U.S. during the war.