Kim Jong Un's visit comes amid the recently reignited risk of all-out war between the two Koreas. North Korea announced it would be nullifying its non-aggression pact with its neighbor.
"With their targets set, our intercontinental ballistic missiles and other missiles are on a standby, loaded with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads," North Korea's vice defense minister, Kang Pyo Yong, said in a rally in Pyongyang. "If we push the button, they will blast off and their barrage will turn Washington, the stronghold of American imperialists and the nest of evil, and its followers, into a sea of fire."
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jay Carney addressed the threat in his daily media briefing Thursday, explaining that The United States was "fully capable" of dealing with the possible Korean ballistic missile attack.
"I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack," Carney said. "And our recent success in returning to testing of the upgraded version of the so-called GBI, or the CE2 missile, will keep us on a good trajectory to improve our defense capability against limited ballistic missile threats such as those from North Korea. But let's be clear, we are fully capable of dealing with that threat."
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