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Furious Over Sanctions, North Korea Vows to Nuke United States

SEOUL, South  Korea —  North  Korea is vowing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The harsh rhetoric Thursday comes hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said the  North will exercise its right for "pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors" because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the  North. Such inflammatory rhetoric is common from  North  Korea. But it has been coming regularly in recent days. North  Korea is angry over the possible sanctions and over upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills.