North Korea Threatens a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike on U.S.

North Korea vows nuclear action as the United Nations votes on sanctions.
1:37 | 03/07/13

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To the breaking headline from north korea. Overnight threatening a preemptive nuclear strike against the united states. Hours ahead of a vote today by the united nations over sanctions. Jonathan karl have tracking the latest and the president's charm offensive to get a budget deal. Let's start with north korea. The war of words escalating. Reporter: It sure did, george. But, you know, as crazy as these threats are, the white house really views it as more of the same. We've heard threats like this from north korea before. Just a few minutes ago I was in touch with jay carney. His reaction to this was, "provocative rhetoric and actions won't bring north korea closer to an end to sanctions, only compliance with its inge obligations under the u.N. Security council resolutions will" so the bottom line from the white house is they are very much moving forward with supporting those sanctions today at the unc keeping the pressure up on north korea and in no way hurt by this latest threat. The president bought dinner for senate republicans last night. You know, sort of just a baby step but everybody came out happy. Will it make a big difference on a budget deal? Reporter: Check this out, not only did he have dinner with 12 but having lunch with congressman paul ryan, the republican vice presidential candidate and really the white house's prime nemesis on budget issues for the last several years. This is the most sustained charm offensive or operation ice breaker, whatever you want to call it that the white house has pursued since the opening months of the obama presidency. There's not a lot of hope for a big breakthrough but the president is making one major effort here to try to get something moving.

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