US attack on North Korea ‘would end empire of America’

South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks. Grace Lee reports.

North Korea’s official news agency has issued a fresh war of words with the US, warning any an attack on leader Kim Jong-un would have disastrous consequences. Picture: Ed Jones/AFP

NORTH Korea has let loose in another war of words at the United States warning of the dire consequences of an attack on the country or its leader Kim Jong-un.

The secretive state has also taken a direct swipe at the Trump administration and challenged comments made by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who criticised the DPRK’s nuclear program.

According to an article in Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, an attack on North Korea would be “a very foolish act of precipitating self-ruin” that would effectively put an end to “the empire of America.”

“The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to counter any military option chosen by the US,” the article reads.

“If a war breaks out in Korea owing to the US unpardonable act, the empire of America will meet a shameful end.”

The article goes on to warn that in order for the US to “escape the worst disaster in its history it should behave itself”.

This July 4, photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile. Picture: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/APSource:AP

The threat is in direct response to the Trump administration announcing the policy of strategic patience with the secretive state had come to an end in the wake of the North’s latest ICBM launch on July 4.

It also comes weeks after Mr Mattis warned any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an “effective and overwhelming” response.

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