A senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse.
"If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival ... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon — the sources of all evil," Hwang Pyong-So said in a speech in Pyongyang during a military rally.
Hwang is director of the military’s General Political Bureau.
He said North Korea had been provoked by a series of recent military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea.
North Korea has so far conducted three nuclear tests, Agence France-Presse notes, but doesn’t seem to have the capability to mount a warhead on a missile.
North Korea's short and mid-range missiles, though, are reportedly capable of striking Japan and South Korea.
North Korea conducted its last nuclear test on Saturday, in which it simulated a short-range missile strike on South Korea. Agence France-Presse said 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
The threat comes about a month after North Korea deemed a forthcoming U.S. comedy “an act of war.”
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