North Korea can defeat U.S. with a ‘single blow’, military chief warns amid threat of new nuclear missile test

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  • Vice Marshal says North Korea has ‘powerful weapons’
  • Country carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009
  • Source claims preparations are ‘almost complete’
  • But rocket launch failed earlier this month

By Julian Gavaghan

PUBLISHED: 06:03 EST, 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 08:54 EST, 25 April 2012

North Korea is armed with ‘powerful modern weapons’ capable of defeating the United States with a ‘single blow’, a military chief warned today.

Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho emphasised the importance of strengthening the military to defend the Communist state against threats it sees from the U.S. and South Korea.

He called his nation a nuclear and military power and praised new leader Kim Jong Un, believed to be in his late 20s, as a ‘military strategist’ who has been giving the army guidance for years.

Big guns: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, with his military advisersBig guns: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, with his military advisers Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae, center, and Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho, who claimed the country could defeat the U.S. with a single missile strike

‘The Korean People’s Army is armed with powerful modern weapons … that can defeat the (U.S.) imperialists at a single blow,’ he told party and military officials, using familiar descriptions of the country’s rivals.

The meeting, attended by Kim Jong Un, was held to mark the 80th anniversary of the army’s founding.

It comes amid increased speculation abroad about the nation’s missile arsenal and nuclear ambitions.

Ri, who is chief of the army’s General Staff, did not provide further details about North Korea’s weapons, but his call to arms comes as the United States, Britain and others warn the nation against a provocation that would further heighten tensions.

We're behind you: Kim Jong Un is applauded by military officers as he arrives at a concert today to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army in PyongyangWe’re behind you: Kim Jong Un is applauded by military officers as he arrives at a concert today to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army in Pyongyang

A satellite image of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, 62 miles north of Pyongyang, taken in 2002 where North Korea carried out an underground nuclear test in 2006A satellite image of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, 62 miles north of Pyongyang, taken in 2002 where North Korea carried out an underground nuclear test in 2006

The Korean peninsula officially remains at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

North Korea is believed to have some nuclear weapons but not the technology to put them on long-range missiles.

Earlier this month, North Korea launched a long-range rocket in what its officials called a failed attempt to put a satellite into space.

The launch was decried internationally as a banned test of missile technology that also could be used to send an intercontinental ballistic missile topped with a nuclear warhead.

The rocket broke into pieces shortly after liftoff.

But the UN Security Council later condemned the launch as a violation of resolutions prohibiting North Korea from engaging in nuclear and missile activity, and Washington halted a plan to provide Pyongyang with much-needed food aid in exchange for a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests.

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The launch of the Unha-2 rocket, in April 2009, which Pyongyang says put the experimental communications satellite 'Kwangmyongsong-2' into orbitPast: The launch of the Unha-2 rocket, in April 2009, in North Korea which Pyongyang says put the experimental communications satellite Kwangmyongsong-2 into orbit

This is what it should have looked like: A South Korean woman watches a TV news report showing a computer generated image of rocket blasting off successfully This is what it should have looked like: A South Korean woman watches a TV news report showing a computer generated image of rocket blasting off successfully

 

On Monday, North Korea responded to U.S. and South Korean criticism with threats to reduce South Korean targets ‘to ashes’ within minutes in a particularly sharp warning that followed days of protest rallies held nationwide.

There also are worries that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test, as it did after rocket launches in 2006 and 2009.

South Korean intelligence officials say recent satellite images show the North has been digging a new tunnel in what could be preparation for a third atomic test.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned North Korea not to engage in any further provocation.

He told reporters in Brazil that he had no knowledge of any specific actions being planned by North Korea but said he would ‘strongly urge’ the North to avoid any destabilizing acts.

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