North Korea threatens to 'reduce the US to ashes'

North Korea has threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US 'to ashes and darkness' in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN.

The threat was issued via the North's state news agency as US defense officials said the regime has spent the last 48 hours moving mobile missile launchers and preparing fixed sites for launch.

Elsewhere analysts from Johns Hopkins University said Kim Jong-un's regime appears to be readying its nuclear test site for more detonations following the explosion of what North Korea claims was a hydrogen bomb on September 3.

North Korea has threatened to reduce the US 'to ashes and darkness' and 'sink Japan' with a nuke after their latest test of what the regime claims was a hydrogen bomb at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site (pictured before the launch)

North Korea has threatened to reduce the US 'to ashes and darkness' and 'sink Japan' with a nuke after their latest test of what the regime claims was a hydrogen bomb at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site (pictured before the launch)

New satellite imagery shows multiple landslides around the test site caused by the explosion, and suggests part of the testing facility under the North Portal has collapsed

New satellite imagery shows multiple landslides around the test site caused by the explosion, and suggests part of the testing facility under the North Portal has collapsed

In a statement released by news agency KCNA, a spokesman for the regime said: 'The army and people of the DPRK are unanimously demanding that the Yankees, chief culprit in cooking up the "sanctions resolution", be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog. 

'There's limit to patience. Now is the time to annihilate the U.S. imperialist aggressors. Let's reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. 

'Let's vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now. These are voices of the Korean army and people.

'Also heard in the DPRK are strong accusations against the Japs who have zealously joined in the U.S. racket for sanctions.

'The behaviors of Japs, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us. The wicked Japs should not be pardoned... 

'A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago. 

'The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.'

However increased activity around the South Portal suggests the regime could be preparing the site for future tests, despite the UN sanctions

However increased activity around the South Portal suggests the regime could be preparing the site for future tests, despite the UN sanctions

Activity around the West Portal (pictured left) indicates that this could be another site used by the regime for more nuclear testing

Activity around the West Portal (pictured left) indicates that this could be another site used by the regime for more nuclear testing

The statement came as

said three senior US defense officials had confirmed that the

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