White House: US capable of defending against N Korea

The White House has said that the US is "fully capable" of defending itself against a North Korean ballistic missile attack.

Asked whether North Korea's threat was being taken seriously, a White House spokeswoman said that foreign government's must be "taken at their word".

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New UN North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council has voted to tighten financial restrictions on North Korea after it carried out a third nuclear test and breached other trade sanctions. Pyongyang had vowed preemptive nuclear strikes against the US if the vote had been passed