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(2nd LD) N. Korea threatens 'physical' actions over new U.N. sanctions

2017/08/08 10:59

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(ATTN: ADDS response from S. Korean gov't in last 2 paras)

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened Tuesday to take "physical" actions in response to the United Nations Security Council's adoption of a new sanctions resolution, calling it a U.S.-led terrorist act against Pyongyang.

The warning by the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee came one day after North Korea's government rejected the U.N. sanctions over its long-range missile tests and vowed retaliation against Washington "thousands of times."

   "(Enemies) should not forget that we are ready to ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions by fully mobilizing our national power," a spokesman at the committee was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee is an agency affiliated with the Workers' Party of Korea.

North Korea on Monday warned of a stern action of justice against the U.S., accusing Washington of committing heinous crimes against the North and its people.

The UNSC on Saturday adopted fresh sanctions on North Korea following its two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

The measures, including a ban on all exports of coal, are aimed at slashing the North's annual export revenue of US$3 billion by a third. The sanctions resolution marked the eighth of its kind since 2006, when the North conducted its first nuclear test.

North Korea reiterated that it will not put its nuclear weapons on the negotiation table, pledging to stick to its signature policy of seeking nuclear armament and economic development, commonly known as the "byongjin" policy.

Tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula are running high as North Korea has kept staging its provocative acts despite Seoul and Washington's warning of tough sanctions and pressure.

In a separate statement, the repressive regime condemned South Korean marines' latest live-fire drills near the tense western sea border with North Korea.

"(South Korea) should not run amok, bearing in mind that we can turn western front-line islands and even Seoul into a sea of flame," the Korean Central News Agency said.

South Korean marines fired a Spike surface-to-surface missile and more than 200 artillery rounds from K9 self-propelled howitzers Monday as part of its routine exercise.

An official at Seoul's unification ministry urged North Korea to choose the path toward denuclearization.

"If North Korea does not cease its provocations, it will face tougher sanctions," the official said. "The government plans to make efforts to resolve North Korea's nuclear issue peacefully and diplomatically."

  

This image captured from footage of North Korea's state broadcaster on July 29, 2017, shows North Korea's firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile a day earlier. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) This image captured from footage of North Korea's state broadcaster on July 29, 2017, shows North Korea's firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile a day earlier. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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