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North Korea warns it will turn White House into a 'wasteland'

Comments a top U.S. negotiator made about North Korea's collapse drew a strongly worded response from its state-controlled news source.

By Elizabeth Shim
North Korea warns it will turn White House into a 'wasteland'
Former top U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill's remarks on North Korea's collapse drew an angrily worded response from North Korea's state-controlled news website Saturday. Photo by UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver | License Photo

SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) -- A North Korean news website denounced remarks a former U.S. negotiator made in Seoul and threatened to decimate the White House and other "strongholds" into a wasteland.

The strongly worded statement, released on Saturday Pyongyang time, focused on the statements made by Christopher Hill, the former top U.S. delegate in the six-party talks. The negotiations, which addressed the North Korean nuclear crisis, were discontinued in April 2009 when North Korea pulled out of the talks.

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On Wednesday Hill said North Korea is currently "drifting" and that it is a country with "fewer and fewer friends," reported Yonhap Wednesday.

Hill then said he was unsure about when North Korea will collapse but said, "I do know it will collapse."

These and other statements were condemned by the North Korea's state-controlled news site Uriminzokkiri.

"Hill, the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, has reared his ugly head," the statement read.

"It is becoming evident the United States is launching the most massive nuclear war exercises in its plot to invade the North," the statement read, directly referring to the joint military drills between the United States and South Korea.

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The drills were cited as a motive for the knife attack on the U.S. top envoy to South Korea, by an estranged South Korean assailant who said he opposed the exercises.

Seoul's unification ministry claimed the assailant, Kim Ki-jong, had visited North Korea seven to eight times.

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