SEOUL, April 27 (UPI) -- North Korea threatened to put the United States through a "baptism of nuclear fire" if Washington does not suspend its "hostile policy" against Pyongyang.
The statement of condemnation was published in Wednesday's issue of the Rodong Sinmun, under the headline, "Will they change policy, or prefer a baptism of nuclear fire"?
Pyongyang's media blamed the United States for "blowing away" a chance for a peace proposal, and the only choice for Washington now is the "method of last resort," South Korean news service Newsis reported.
The editorial stated the North had recently offered concessions, although North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Tae Song told reporters in Beijing Tuesday there are no conditions for which nuclear tests would be stopped.
"The United States has ignored reality and if they dare attack us a nuclear bolt of lightening would hit the U.S. landmass, leading to catastrophic disaster that would turn the country into powder," North Korea said in a statement.
Pyongyang went on to say the United States "cannot deny the fact we are able to pressure it as a nuclear power," stating there is "scientific confirmation" the North can beat down enemies with its "revolutionary weapons."
U.S. policy is to be blamed for this predicament, North Korea stated in the newspaper that analysts have said targets a domestic audience.
North Korea has increased its verbal attacks on the United States and South Korea since the adoption of sweeping sanctions at the United Nations Security Council.
The sanctions have made it difficult for North Koreans overseas to remit earnings.
In Seoul on Wednesday, South Korean intelligence chief Lee Byung-ho said more North Korean restaurants are closing.
A total of 20 state-run restaurants have suspended operations, Newsis reported.