North Korea leader orders nuclear arsenal on 'standby'

People in Seoul watch a news report on March 4, 2016 showing file footage of North Korean missiles on paradeLeader Kim Jong-Un has ordered North Korea’s nuclear arsenal to be readied for pre-emptive use at any time, in an expected escalation of military rhetoric following the UN Security Council’s adoption of tough new sanctions on Pyongyang. The North’s nuclear warheads must be deployed “on standby so as to be fired at any moment,” Kim was quoted as saying by the North’s official KCNA news agency on Friday. Such bellicose rhetoric is almost routine for North Korea at times of elevated tensions.

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