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".


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