North Korea: 'Super-mighty pre-emptive strike' will reduce United States to ashes

The United States and Russian Federation clashed at the United Nations on Wednesday over a US -drafted Security Council statement to condemn North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test.Diplomats said China had agreed to the statement. "We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever", South Korean pilot Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters.

The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the USA agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang.

Such statements by the 15-member council have to be agreed by consensus.Previous statements denouncing missile launches "welcomed efforts by council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue".

Diplomats said Pyongyang ally China had agreed to the statement.

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea stepped up its rhetoric on Thursday, threatening the United States and its allies with a "super mighty pre-emptive strike" and telling them: "don't mess with us". The ball is in their court.

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes", it said.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing US officials.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres separately said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an global threat. Trump, who took office in January, has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile.

"We believe that it is absolutely essential... that everybody is involved in order to make sure that everything is done so that the threat represented by the development in relation to missiles and in relation to nuclear capability - not become a threat to the worldwide community", said Guterres.

"We fully support the efforts of all states in order to make sure that North Korea does not acquire the capacities that would become a threat not only to the region but in a wider area of the world", he told reporters.