North Korea threatens nuclear war, vows to end 1953 armistice

North Korea recently warned that it is willing to use its nuclear arsenal in a pre-emptive strike against the United States.

The threat, which originated out of the North Korean foreign ministry, came on the heels of a United Nations decision to strengthen sanctions against the already isolated nation, according to the Telegraph.

"As long as the United States is willing to spark nuclear war our forces will exercise their right to a pre-emptive nuclear strike," a Pyongyang foreign ministry statement said.

Pyongyang recently conducted a test on what experts say was a nuclear device. North Korea is probably not capable of successfully loading a nuclear warhead onto a missile, and its missiles are currently not capable of reaching the United States.

The Kim Jong-un regime's decision to conduct the test and increase its bellicose rhetoric may have been sparked by its increasing isolation on the world stage. China, considered to be North Korea's only powerful ally, recently colluded with the U.S. on a UN resolution imposing harsher sanctions. The rare instance of cooperation between the two countries resulted in the measure passing through the Security Council with unusual speed, the Telegraph reports.

North Korea also vowed to scrap its 1953 armistice with South Korea at the beginning of next week. The 1953 agreement ended the Korean War and led to the relatively peaceful partition between the Korean nations. North Korea backed up its aggressive stance by immediately severing a North-South hotline installed in 1971, according to AFP.