North Korea Warns 'US
Mainland Not Safe'
If War Comes
By Matt Drudge

North Korea's official news agency on Tuesday warned that there is "no guarantee for the safety of the U.S. mainland when the U.S. ignites a war against the north in the Korean peninsula."
The threat came on the same day North Korea acknowledged for the first time that it is preparing to test a missile.
U.S. military officials now believe that North Korea could, within the next few weeks, test a Taepodong 2 missile -- a powerful new rocket with a range of 3,800 to 6,000 miles that would put Alaska or Hawaii within its reach.
"Whether we test-fire a satellite or a missile is a legitimate, independent right to be exercised by a sovereign state," the Korean Central News Agency stated.
The United States has threatened to use "all available means" if North Korea goes ahead with a Taepodong 2 test.
Wednesday's NEW YORK TIMES, which leads with a N. Korea story, runs quotes predicting that if a Korean missile should fall in Japanese territory, and particularly cause casualties or some destruction, Japan, with the help of the U.S., could then "destroy North Korean missile sites".
In the war of words, the Korean Central News Agency warns: "A war on the Korean peninsula is neither a war like a military drill of unilateral offensive as in Yugoslavia and Iraq nor a dispute like a simple conflict. A war here is a large thermo-nuclear war in which more than a thousand nuclear bombs with explosive power of 13,000 kilotons deployed in South Korea will go off and a world war which will soon escalate beyond the Korean peninsula."