Update 10:08 am EST: Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on North Korea Now

While Washington obsesses over Iran possibly one day getting a nuclear weapon – nuclear armed North Korea has laid down the ultimate threat. After threatening to cancel the cease-fire that ended effectively ended the Korean War the North Korean government has now gone a step further claiming it will launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on America.

North Korea has vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours before a vote by UN security council on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said the North will exercise its right for “pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against it.

Though North Korea is pursuing missiles that could hit the west coast it seems unlikely they currently have the capability to strike Washington which is presumably the “headquarters” reference. But such a threat coming after the country’s third nuclear weapons test will not be taken lightly, even if it may be timed to attempt to stop a UN vote on sanctions.

Threatening to use nuclear weapons on another nation is just grounds for military action by the nation being threatened. Compare the current situation with North Korea to the reasons given for the Iraq War and US foreign policy looks even more incoherent. Now the aggressor talking about “pre-emptive” war is North Korea and suddenly Washington has nothing to say about it. How much longer can America ignore North Korea?