North Korea: Pissed at Sanctions, Threatening to Nuke U.S.

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Paging Dennis Rodman! The Worm may be known for rebounds, but we need a serious diplomatic assist on this one - and he has Kim Jong-Un's ear.

Why? Because North Korea is far from pleased right now. In the face of new U.N. sanctions, the rogue state is threatening to preemptively attack America.

Kim Jong Un in North Korea

Despite Rodman's desire to broker a peace deal, the North is threatening "a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors."

The country says the United States is angling to start a war against the North, an assertion that stems from the latest round of sanctions on the table.

The U.N. Security Council is considering a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang in an attempt to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Among other things, the pending resolution specifies a long list of items that North Korea's ruling elite class will no longer be allowed to import.

So how serious is the threat to nuke the U.S.?

For all North Korea's bravado, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough or a missile capable of reaching the U.S.

It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for several crude nuclear devices, so our allies in South Korea are likely on much higher alert.

Inflammatory rhetoric is common from North Korea, but especially so in recent days amid the threat of sanctions and U.S.-South Korean military drills.

At a mass rally in Pyongyang on Thursday, tens of thousands of North Koreans protested the U.S.-South Korean actions. Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong said:

"Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads."

"They are placed on a standby status. When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils .... will be engulfed in a sea of fire."

The latest U.N. resolution was drafted by the United States and China, which is significant as China has long been North Korea's closest ally.

The statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman "strongly warns the U.N. Security Council not to make another big blunder."

North Korea demanded that the U.N. Security Council immediately dismantle the American-led U.N. Command that's based in Seoul, or else.

In anticipation of the resolution's adoption, North Korea earlier in the week threatened to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War.