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(LEAD) N. Korea threatens ruthless strike back if nuke facilities are attacked
SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will "ruthlessly strike" back if the United States launches preemptive attacks on its nuclear facilities, media reports from the isolated communist country said Tuesday.

The reports by the Minju Chosun, a newspaper published by the North's Cabinet, and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) are the latest in a series of harsh rhetoric that Pyongyang has been unleashing in recent weeks amid signs that it would soon conduct another atomic test.