North Korea is making threats once more, as its ambassador to Britain said Pyongyang could launch rockets “at any time,” and that North Korea could send nuclear warheads 10 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb across the Pacific. In an unusual public appearance on Wednesday, Ambassador Hyon Hak Bong said the threat of sanctions would not prevent North Korea from launching rockets for what Pyongyang has called “peaceful purposes,” The Guardian reported. “Launching satellites is the work performed by every country.

It is the legitimate right of a sovereign state to develop a space program,” Hyon told an audience at London’s Chatham House. “They wouldn’t use any such kind of sanctions against other countries.”The United States and South Korea have opposed the launches because officials believe the program is a cover for missile tests. Any rocket launch would be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and the international community has warned Pyongyang against acts of provocation. CONTINUE