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NKorea: US sanctions tantamount to act of war

/ 03:25 AM July 08, 2016
In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP

In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says U.S. sanctions on leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials for human rights abuses are tantamount to declaring war.

The country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement Thursday carried by the official Korean Central News Agency saying the announcement of sanctions on Kim and 10 other officials was “peppered with lies and fabrications.”

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North Korea has already been sanctioned heavily because of its nuclear weapons program. However, Wednesday’s sanctions mark the first time Kim has been personally targeted, and the first time that any North Korean official has been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury in connection with reports of rights abuses.

The State Department said North Korean political prison camps hold between 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners, including children and other family members. TVJ

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TAGS: act of war, Foreign Ministry, human rights abuses, Kim Jong-Un, Korean Central news Agency, North korea
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