North Korea Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapon Against Japan

Jon Howard
September 15, 2017

A United States official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said intelligence agencies had observed North Korea moving the launcher within the past 48 hours, potentially indicating another looming test.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted on Monday the US -drafted resolution to impose tougher sanctions against North Korea following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test, conducted on September 3.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rapidly mounting with North Korea continuing its missile and nuclear tests and the US, South Korean and Japanese holding drills in the area.

In response, the KAPPC threatened to "reduce the United States mainland into ashes and darkness".

Last month, Pyongyang launched a missile over Japan, which prompted pressure for even tougher sanctions to be put upon the reclusive nation in punishment for its sixth and largest nuclear test this year.

"I do not agree that South Korea needs to develop our own nuclear weapons or relocate tactical nuclear weapons in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat", he was quoted by CNN as saying.

To the United States, the country that initiated and promoted the intensification of the sanctions on North Korea in the Security Council, Pyongyang issued an explicit threat: "Let's reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness".

It then said, "The four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche".

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The North's latest threats also singled out Japan for "dancing to the tune" of the United States, saying it should never be pardoned for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people", an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression.

The NSCC also said the xenon traces detected had no impact on South Korea's environment and population.

Japan criticised the North's statement harshly.

Putin iterated that North Korea is not going to give up its nuclear arsenal, regardless of how many sanctions are imposed on it.

The sanctions would be part of US efforts to urge China to pressure the North, which continues its nuclear and missile development. That was the result of opposition from China and Russian Federation, which are wary of putting too much economic pressure on North Korea.

North Korea also criticised Seoul for supporting the latest United Nations resolution. China, in turn, favours an global response to the problem.

Tensions over a raft of provocations by North Korea are not high enough to adjust ratings on South Korea, a senior official of the global rating agency Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

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