Nuclear quagmire: Sanctions illegal and evil, says North Korea

by Susie Olson September 15, 2017, 0:38
Nuclear quagmire: Sanctions illegal and evil, says North Korea

A statement from an organization called the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee attacked the United States for leading a push for stronger U.N. sanctions against North Korea, and railed against Japan for backing the USA campaign.

"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", KAPPC warned, referring to the North's national philosophy of "Juche" or self-reliance.

Pyongyang says that the previous intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) flight over Japanese territory has not brought Tokyo to its senses, and it continues "to dance to the tune of the U.S. sanctions".

On Monday, the Security Council passed a US-drafted resolution banning textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products, with the support of North Korea's only ally China.

News agency KCNA released a statement from a spokesperson for the regime, in which he 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".

South Korea said Wednesday it had conducted its first live-fire drill for an advanced air-launched cruise missile that would strengthen its pre-emptive strike capability against North Korea in the event of crisis.

Juche is the North's ruling ideology that mixes Marxism and an extreme form of go-it-alone nationalism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un.

Though he was not supportive of deploying or pursuing nuclear weapons, Moon said South Korea "needs to develop our military capabilities in the face of North Korea's nuclear advancement".

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Japanese officials strongly condemned the statement, labelling it "extremely provocative and egregious".

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 Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee, whose job it is to oversee North Korea's relations with the rest of the world, described the United Nations security council as a "tool of evil" and called for it to be broken up.

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

South Korea's Unification Ministry also said it planned to provide $8 million through the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF to help infants and pregnant women in the North.

The United States demanded that the UN impose the strongest possible sanctions on North Korea, including cutting off the country's oil supply completely.

"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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