Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Korea: 'We will sink Japan, reduce the United States mainland to ashes'

North Korea Cyber attacks Tightening sanctions South Korean Korea: 'We will sink Japan, reduce the United States mainland to ashes'
Juana Turner | 15 September, 2017, 00:35

North Korea has issued new threats against its perceived enemies by threatening to use nuclear bombs to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness". "Let's vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now".

In reaction, all 15 members of the UN Security Council voted for US-drafted resolutions that came with a new round of sanctions against the North on Monday, banning its textile exports that are second only to those of coal and minerals in volume, as well as putting a cap on fuel supplies flowing in to the nation.

"The four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea" by a nuclear bomb, the statement reads in part.

In retribution, the North's committee threatened to destroy the United States and its regional allies Japan and South Korea.

At the same time, North Korea sees its southern neighbor's support of sanctions as "treason" against "fellow countrymen" and promised to wipe "traitors and dogs of the US" out for the sake of reunification. "Our army and people's resentment at the South Korean puppet regime is getting stronger", the statement said.

She told the Security Council on Monday that the U.S. continues to seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis, saying North Korea has not yet "passed the point of no return". It also said the council is made of "money-bribed" countries that act according to the orders directed by the US.

Tensions have spiked on the Korean Peninsula in recent months as North Korea has fired intercontinental ballistic missiles and carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. "Let's reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness", it said.

Tokyo blasted the North Korean statement as "extremely provocative and egregious".

"The government's stance is that the humanitarian aid for North Korea's infants, adolescents and pregnant women has to be continued regardless of the political situation".

Latest UN sanctions are aimed at putting pressure on North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the previous launch "an unprecedented, grave and serious threat", while Trump reiterated that "all options" are under consideration in response to Pyongyang's actions.

North Korea had already rejected the Security Council resolution, vowing to press ahead with its nuclear and missile programmes.

"We don't believe a war is likely to break out", credit analyst Kim Eng Tan said, responding to a question at a Seoul press conference on the impact of North Korean risks on the economy.

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