March 7, 2013 / 6:22 PM / 4 years ago

U.S.: fully capable of defending against North Korean threat

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney answers questions from reporters during a media briefing at the White House in Washington December 17, 2012.Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said North Korea's threat of a nuclear strike on the United States would only lead to Pyongyang's further international isolation and declared that Washington was "fully capable" of defending against any North Korean missile attack.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters North Korea "will achieve nothing by threats or provocations," when asked about Pyongyang's warning that it had a "right to pre-emptive nuclear attack" against its foes.

Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Sandra Maler

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