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North Korea threatens US, Japan over United Nations sanctions

15 September, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • A visitor walks by the wire fence decorated with ribbons carrying messages to wish for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju South Korea Wednesday Sept. 13 2017. South Korea said Wednesday it conducted its first live-fir

In a spokesman's statement issued on Wednesday, the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said Japan "zealously joined in the US racket for sanctions", according to North Korea's state media.

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

'The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche'.

The statement also said the South Korean "puppet forces are traitors and dogs of the U.S. as they call for harsher "sanctions" on the fellow countrymen, adding that the "group of pro-American traitors should be severely punished and wiped out with fire attack so that they could no longer survive". "Our army and people's resentment at the South Korean puppet regime is getting stronger", the statement said.

North Korea has risked the ire of the global community once more, after threatening to sink Japan with a nuclear bomb.

Pyongyang has ramped up missile testing this year, and earlier this month it conducted its sixth nuclear test, believed to be the most powerful yet, and has also claimed it has the capability to mount a hydrogen bomb on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the mainland US.

"Now is the time to annihilate the US imperialist aggressors. Let's reduce the USA mainland into ashes and darkness", the communist outlet reported, also vowing to resort to "all retaliation means which have been prepared till now".

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Bomb threats were also issued for Moscow's three railway stations - Kazanskiy, Leningradskiy and Kievskiy. Three more Siberian cities evacuated shopping malls, government offices, schools and hospitals.

"This announcement is extremely provocative and egregious".

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that North Korea's latest threat was an abominable provocation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visiting India, called for strict enforcement of the United Nations resolution, saying the world must force a change.

But under a proposal that could be approved next week, the South would provide $4.5m to a World Food Programme project to help infants and pregnant women, and $3.5m to Unicef, according to Yonhap news agency. Even if China and Russian Federation do fully enforce the latest sanctions, there's still considerable doubt about whether the stranglehold will force Kim to rethink the development of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump has vowed that North Korea will never be allowed to threaten the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile, but has also asked China to do more to rein in its neighbour.

The latest threat, which is expected to heighten tensions in the Pacific came in a statement issued by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The sanctions would be part of US efforts to urge China to pressure the North, which continues its nuclear and missile development.

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