North Korea Vows Nuclear Strikes in Latest Threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's military is warning South Korea and the United States of "unprecedented nuclear strikes" over a report the U.S. and the South plan to prepare for possible instability in the North.

In comments carried by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's military said that those who are trying to bring down the system in the North, whether they play a main role or passive role, "will fall victim to the unprecedented nuclear strikes of the invincible army."

North Korea routinely issues such warnings, and officials in Seoul and Washington react calmly. Diplomats in South Korea and the U.S. instead have repeatedly called on Pyongyang to return to international negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear programs.

The North, believed to have enough weaponized plutonium for at least half a dozen atomic bombs, conducted its second atomic test last year, drawing tighter U.N. sanctions.

A South Korean newspaper reports that experts from South Korea, the U.S. and China will meet in China next month to share information on North Korea, assess possible contingencies in the country, and consider ways to cooperate in case of an emergency situation.

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