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North Korea threatens to use nuclear weapon to sink Japan

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Pyongyang: North Korea made an explicit threat to use a nuclear weapon to sink Japan, in remarks that further cranks up heightened tensions in North Asia.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s top government spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that North Korea’s latest threat was an abominable provocation.

In late August, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan.

Leader Kim Jong Un said that test was a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam. The isolated state has previous threatened to launch rockets over Japan toward the U.S. territory in the Pacific.

“A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago,” said the spokesman, whose committee is an affiliate of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the previous launch “an unprecedented, grave and serious threat,” while Trump reiterated that “all options” are under consideration in response to Pyongyang’s actions.

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