North Korea

Ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote on harsh new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, the nation threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States .

FOX News Radio's Alastair Wanklyn is monitoring the story from Tokyo:

North Korea's Foreign Ministry saying it'll exercise what it calls its "right" to a pre-emptive nuclear strike because the United States is pushing for nuclear war anyway.  The declaration carried by North Korea's state news agency.

North Korea set off a nuclear device last month, but is thought unlikely yet to be able to put one on a long-range missile.  Hours ahead of a vote on new sanctions by the U.N. Security Council, the statement said North Korea warns it against acting as a "war servant" for the U.S.

In Tokyo, Alastair Wanklyn, FOX News Radio.

North Korea

Facing down the threat from North Korea, the United Nations Security Council approved a fourth round of tougher sanctions against the nation.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy has the details on that from New York City:

The unanimous vote slapping North Korea with a fourth round of sanctions. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice detailing the resolution.

(Rice) "If for example a North Korean agent is caught making arms deals or selling nuclear technology countries will be required to expel that agent."

The sanctions tighten financial restriction, crack down on bulk cash transfers and strengthen states' authority to inspect suspicious cargo and to deny port and flight access to North Korean cargo.

In New York, Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.

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