North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said DPRK is 'ready to react to any mode of war' desired by the U.S. and accuses the U.S. of using 'gangster-like' logic. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: North Korea accused the United States on Monday of "disturbing the global peace and stability and insisting on the gangster-like logic" as tensions increase on the Korean peninsula. Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York, North Korea's Ambassador to the U.N. Kim In Ryong said the U.S. airstrike on Syria was meant as a message to North Korea. "Now there is a United States without hesitations, preparing a military attack at a sovereign state while claiming peace by strength. The recent U.S. missile attack on Syria tells you well of it," said Kim. Kim insisted that North Korea, also called the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), is ready for war with the U.S. "If the United States dare to opt for military actions, the trying out of a preemptive military attack and removal of the headquarters, the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the American. The prevailing, grave situation proves once again the DPRK was entirely just when it increased in every way its military capability for self defense and a preemptive attack with a nuclear force at its pivot." North Korea has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions and has said it has developed a missile that can strike the U.S. mainland. Its latest missile test on Sunday failed a few seconds after launch. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea on Monday that recent U.S. strikes in Syria, one of North Korea's few close allies, and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of U.S. President Donald Trump should not be tested.