N. Korea 'Approves Nuclear Strike'

(RIA Novosti) – The North Korean army said Wednesday that it had received approval to launch a “merciless” attack on the United States, including possible nuclear strikes.

The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said in a statement Wednesday that it was formally informing the United States that American threats would be “smashed … by cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strikes,” AFP cited Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency as saying.

The announcement out of North Korea came hours after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered missile defense systems deployed to the western Pacific island of Guam, a US territory, and said the reclusive regime’s recent behavior presents a “real and clear danger.”

“The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” AFP cited the North Korean statement as saying.

The army statement added that war could erupt on the Korean peninsula “today or tomorrow,” AFP reported.

The Pentagon said earlier Wednesday that it will deploy a ballistic missile defense system known as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) to Guam in the coming weeks “as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.”

via Ria Novosti