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North Korea 'approves nuclear strike on US threats'

The North Korean army has said it has received final approval to launch "merciless" military strikes on threats from the US, involving the possible use of "cutting edge" nuclear weapons, a statement said on the country's KCNA news agency.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The General Staff of the Korean People's Army said it was informing Washington that US threats would be "smashed by...cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means".

The statement added: "The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified."