Kim Jong-un threatens war

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently responded to new United Nations sanctions with escalating rhetoric and an order to his military to prepare for war.

The young dictator's rhetoric in recent weeks has included threats to start a new war on the Korean Peninsula and to attack the United States with a pre-emptive nuclear strike. Despite the recently conducted nuclear weapons test that sparked the new round of UN sanctions, experts say North Korea likely possesses few nuclear weapons and has no missile capable of reaching the United States, according to the Telegraph.

China, North Korea's only major ally among nations with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, urged Pyongyang to exhibit restraint, and in a rare display of unity, joined the United States in voting for sanctions.

Kim officially placed his army at a higher state of readiness while addressing DPRK troops at military positions facing the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. In 2010, North Korean artillery barrages killed four people and wounded an additional 19, according to the Telegraph.

Seoul's defense establishment also weighed in on the developments with rhetoric of its own.

"If North Korea attacks South Korea with a nuclear weapon, Kim Jong-un's regime will perish from the Earth," a defense ministry spokesman said, the Telegraph reports.