Furious over sanctions, N. Korea vows to nuke US

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North Koreans attend a rally in support of a statement by the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by UN diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. AP PHOTO/JON CHOL JIN

UNITED NATIONS—North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric as UN diplomats voted on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.

Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and pre-emptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the US. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for several crude nuclear devices.

Such inflammatory rhetoric is common from North Korea, and especially so in recent days. North Korea is angry over the possible sanctions and over upcoming US-South Korean military drills. At a mass rally in Pyongyang on Thursday, tens of thousands of North Koreans protested the US-South Korean war drills and sanctions.

Ready to fire

Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong told the crowd that North Korea is ready to fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.

“Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status,” Kang said. “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, …. will be engulfed in a sea of fire.”

The UN Security Council was considering a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang in a fresh attempt to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The resolution was drafted by the United States and China, North Korea’s closest ally. The council’s agreement to put the resolution to a vote just 48 hours later signaled that it would almost certainly have the support of all 15 council members.

The statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

It accused the US of leading efforts to slap sanctions on North Korea. The statement said the new sanctions would only advance the timing for North Korea to fulfill previous vows to take “powerful second and third countermeasures” against its enemies. It hasn’t elaborated on those measures.

‘Strong warning’

The statement said North Korea “strongly warns the UN Security Council not to make another big blunder like the one in the past when it earned the inveterate grudge of the Korean nation by acting as a war servant for the US in 1950.”

North Korea demanded the UN Security Council immediately dismantle the American-led UN Command that’s based in Seoul and move to end the state of war that exists on the Korean Peninsula, which continues six decades after fighting stopped because an armistice, not a peace treaty, ended the war.

In anticipation of the resolution’s adoption, North Korea earlier in the week threatened to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War.

North Korean threats have become more common as tensions have escalated following a rocket launch by Pyongyang in December and its third nuclear test on Feb. 12. Both acts defied three Security Council resolutions that bar North Korea from testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology and from importing or exporting material for these programs.

Strongest sanctions

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the proposed resolution would impose some of the strongest sanctions ever ordered by the United Nations.

The final version of the draft resolution, released Wednesday, identified three individuals, one corporation and one organization that would be added to the UN sanctions list if the measure is approved.

The targets include top officials at a company that is the country’s primary arms dealer and main exporter of ballistic missile-related equipment, and a national organization responsible for research and development of missiles and probably nuclear weapons.

The success of a new round of sanctions could depend on enforcement by China, where most of the companies and banks that North Korea is believed to work with are based.

The US and other nations worry that North Korea’s third nuclear test pushed it closer to its goal of gaining nuclear missiles that can reach the US. The international community has condemned the regime’s nuclear and missile efforts as threats to regional security and a drain on the resources that could go to North Korea’s largely destitute people.

The draft resolution condemns the latest nuclear test “in the strongest terms” for violating and flagrantly disregarding council resolutions, bans further ballistic missile launches, nuclear tests “or any other provocation,” and demands that North Korea return to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It also condemns all of North Korea’s ongoing nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment.

But the proposed resolution stresses the council’s commitment “to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution” and urged a resumption of six-party talks with the aim of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula “in a peaceful manner.”

Ban on luxury goods export

The proposed resolution would make it significantly harder for North Korea to move around the funds it needs to carry out its illicit programs and strengthen existing sanctions and the inspection of suspect cargo bound to and from the country. It would also ban countries from exporting specific luxury goods to the North, including yachts, luxury automobiles, racing cars, and jewelry with semi-precious and precious stones and precious metals.

According to the draft, all countries would now be required to freeze financial transactions or services that could contribute to North Korea’s nuclear or missile programs.

To get around financial sanctions, North Koreans have been carrying around large suitcases filled with cash to move illicit funds. The draft resolution expresses concern that these bulk cash transfers may be used to evade sanctions. It clarifies that the freeze on financial transactions and services that could violate sanctions applies to all cash transfers as well as the cash couriers.

The proposed resolution also bans all countries from providing public financial support for trade deals, such as granting export credits, guarantees or insurance, if the assistance could contribute to the North’s nuclear or missile programs.

It includes what a senior diplomat called unprecedented new travel sanctions that would require countries to expel agents working for sanctioned North Korean companies.

The draft also requires states to inspect suspect cargo on their territory and prevent any vessel that refuses an inspection from entering their ports. And a new aviation measure calls on states to deny aircraft permission to take off, land or fly over their territory if illicit cargo is suspected to be aboard.—With Foster Klug in Seoul

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  • $18209031

    Wow , bagsak na naman ang Wall Street !

    • Crazy_horse101010

      GOD BLESS AMERICA  AND WALL STREET 

  • Hunter421

    Feeling suicidal huh?

  • $18209031

    Sixty years after the Armistice has been signed.  

  • altoM5

    Time to make them cry like babies.

  • $18209031

    1953 -2013  ,

    2013 Year of the Snake. Mukhang gumagalaw na ang ahas ng dagat. Saan na ang puting pating ?

  • Simplify1

    The US government is risking the lives of millions of americans including about 4 million filipino americans (the largest  overseas filipino population) by “hoping” that NK do not still have the technology to place a nuclear bomb on a balistic missile.  The US Government “thinks” that the NK has not “mastered” this technology having only very crude stockpile of nuclear fuel….
     
    The government has forgotten so easily that the number 1 killer of US soldiers in Iraq and afghanistan are”crude” improvised explosive devise (IED).  I believe a “crude” nuclear bomb can still cause substantial damage and loss of lives….

    The Government should be the one to conduct the first pre-emptive strike.  The US Armed forces does not need to use nuclear devices.  just a straight forward conventional bombing of nuclear installations in NK will eliminate the threat once and for all. 

    • AntiAko

      are you even serious? you mean you want the US to just attack north korea, a sovereign country, for no other reason but fear?

      so many american lives were killed in iraq and afghanistan primarily because foot soldiers were there and therefore were direct targets for IEDs.  you cannot say the same for what you believe to be “crude” nuclear bombs simply because they can be intercepted while on their way to the US.

      • Simplify1

        not even the best sophisticated equipment in the US arsenal can sniff out all the “crude” IEDs in iraq and afghanistan… otherwise, IEDs would not be the #1 killer of US troops….

        Serious? yes! This coming from the horse’s mouth! NK did say that they were going to nuke the US! Israel is alive today because they did a pre-emptive strike on Egypt and syria… if they did not do this strike in 1967,Israel would have been erases from the map and history as we know it….

        Interception of missiles bound for the US? Even the latest “DOME Anti-Missile” used by Israel to counter the “crude” homemade missiles of the arabs in Gaza could not stop ALL incoming missiles…. just one hit of a nuclear bomb will mean million american lives lost..

  • judefawley

    China backed the sanction? Surprising!

    • $42337655

       surprises me too.  China has always used NoKor as their bad boy, their negotiations pawn.

    • $14141131

      China’s joining the sanction is a cover up. The North can never continue with their missile program without the Chinese. China can continue feeding the North as long as they continue their threat and missile program. North Korea is a puppet of China.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Is the world really that gullible to believe North Korea can launch their missile to the US?

    Their missile will explode on their faces before they can launch it. USSR could not even do it despite their far advanced nuclear program during the Cold War, how much more for this pinheaded North Koreans?

    And what happened to USSR? It disintegrated without even a single missile launched from the USA.

    • AntiAko

      have you been monitoring the news lately? north korea has been testing missiles, including one that passed our airspace and landed in the pacific so there is enough reason for concern.

      as for russia, the cold war was the reason they didn’t launch any attack on the US.  the status was always heightened alert on both sides so there was really no need to launch an attack cause neither of the two started anything. would you have wanted one?

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you think america is going to sit and watch the missile and wave as it goes by washington is thousands of miles from the pacific. you dont think the us has defenses to protect the country. anyway korea will never know it because they will disappear before any missile ever reaches america

  • aeon888

    These chest thumping and war-mongering orchestrated by the North Korean government is just a ploy to distract its hungry and impoverished citizens in the country. The North Korean government has to make public war posturing against a foreign common enemy like the US so as to UNITE its hungry people and disgruntled malnourished soldiers that they are fighting war against another country.

    Without all these rhetoric by the North Korea propagandists, its civilian population and soldiers will start to realize the hunger in their stomachs and might spark a revolt and a civil war within the volatile country. North Korea will implode and disintegrate without a perceived common enemy to taunt with.

    There is unity in war especially against a foreign enemy. Without it, people including soldiers will start to complain about their pitiful living during peace time.

  • kilawon(the return)

     sos! paano na yan? wala na  mababakwetan ang mga gunggung pepenos! paano na kami hahalik sa pwet ng mga amerikano yan! bye bye amerika!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      yeah right they dont even have rocket than go to the other side of the world i know thats disappointing to you commie lovers bye bye north korea and if they use a h bomb maybe bye bye china

      • kilawon(the return)

        NORAD  could not even intercept osama’s plane went to twin towers! LOL….what more a missile? america is overrated ! too much hollywood BS!

  • $42337655

    yang mga North Koreans ang dapat isabak sa labanan kontra sa mga Muslims.
          Pareho silang walang alam kundi violence at intimidation. Sa isipan nila lagi
                  silang tama at sila ay laging inaapi.

    At kung meron man silang gawin ay kasalanan ito ng iba.

    Meron bang Muslims na nakatira sa North Korea, kaya ?

    • Reign

      peace loving ang US. LOOK AT LIBYA,AFGHANISTAN and Iraq. :)

      • Crazy_horse101010

        lets look at china and tibet and the murdering of UYGHURS THAT IS GOING ON NOW.if you dont know history you shouldnt babble about it because you look foolish PEACE LOVING CHINA. 

      • Reign

        and the relevance of your comment is?  ofcourse, when american government did that it was called fighting for “democracy” bombing the country that refuses to be their “puppet” is indeed act of heroism.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and the relevance of your remark is especially since you dont have a clue as to  what you are talking about. and what does any of this have to do with you if you gave any complaints send them a email. you dont care one iota for them countries you just want to bash america probably because you wanted to go there and couldnt. so now your crying

  • Cavitekid

    Tell the North Koreans to bring it, so the US can put them out of their misery. Stop pussyfooting around and end their existence and let it be a lesson to the rest of the world to stop taking cheap shots at the USA. Blah Blah Blah we hate the USA and we are going to attack you. Turn North Korea into a smoking hole in the Yellow Sea. They don’t even have to go nuclear.

  • w33k3nd3r

    All talk.

  • doublecross

    NK fire those bullets against the US aggresors!

  • $14141131

    US is in a dilemma. Attacking the North Korean would invite a destructive economic reaction from China that could collapse the American economy. Leaving the North continue talking and challenging America exposes the toothless tiger in the now second-rate superpower which would agitate other countries to do the same. 

    • dennis soliman

       china actually supports the sanctions against nokor..

  • Jose Cris Gloria

    Let try the NK their capabeleties…..try …target US…to much talk.

  • dennis soliman

     if north korea attacks the us not only the us will retaliate but even european countries and other allies! north korea will be blasted to smithereens!

    • diamond_digger

       You are right, Dennis, but I would rather call on the CIA flex its muscles and do what they are famous for – sectional surgery (take the rotten part) and spare a lot of collateral damage, yet solve the problem. The world has no place for terrorists like the present leader of North Korea. Make him eat his own balls.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Gamit ang via satellite technology ay naka-monitor ang US at NATO sa North Korea. Inihahanda pa lamng ng N Korea ang kanyang missiles ay nakikita na siya. Baka  dapat ay unahan na ang N Korea. Tulad ng ginawa ni Pres. Reagan noon sa tahol ng tahol na si Khadafi. Binomba ng US ang Libya, o di natigil sa pagtahol ang sugatang si Khadafi… Dapat sampolan din ‘tong N Korea. Wala ng maipakain sa kanyang mamamayan puro missiles pa ang inuuna… Gunggong din ang gobyerno ng N Korea.

  • white scorpion

    yeh !  yeh!!   wala nang MALAMON ang mamamayan. nanananakot pang manggi-giyera. nagha-hallucination yata si tsiong……

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Why do you need to go further? Just bomb the Philippines. They only like the kpops of south Korea. They never liked the military clad kpops of DPRK. She also voted in the UN against the DPRK. 

  • diamond_digger

     That’s the problem with putting a young, immature hot-head, inexperienced, inept person as a leader a nation with a rich potential to grow economically and as nuclear power. Having  a paw, a wagging tail and a coat of fur or hair, and the ability to growl, he thinks he could be a match to a lion, not realizing he is just be a puppy. Why don’t you try doing what you brag. Walk your talk, chinky and bite uncle joe and see for yourself how your eyes would  gonna pop out of its sockets.

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