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N. Korea Threatens 'Merciless' War

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North Korea issued new threats against the South and its allies on Tuesday, saying it views a recent expansion of United Nations Security Council sanctions as an act of war.

In a commentary filled with typically inflammatory language, the official Korean Central News Agency promised "merciless retaliatory blows" and a "grand and just war for national reunification" in response to the sanctions.

The commentary did not mention the nuclear test threatened by North Korea last week following the unanimous Security Council decision, which punished Pyongyang for a December rocket launch.

South Korea's foreign ministry on Tuesday again denounced the nuclear test threat. It urged its communist neighbor to "pay heed to the continued warnings from the international community and not push ahead with any further provocations."

Seoul on Tuesday announced the creation of a special task force to monitor North Korea's nuclear test site. Recent satellite photos suggest increased activity at the site. South Korean officials have said they believe a test could be carried out at any time.

North Korea also conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 following U.N. condemnations of earlier long-range rocket launches. It is barred from conducting nuclear or ballistic missile tests under international sanctions.

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by: ED Mays from: Brick NJ
January 29, 2013 11:53 AM
Yes, truly the inmates are running the asylum there. if it wasn`t so funny it would remind me of the Marx brothers.

by: bob from: usa
January 29, 2013 10:30 AM
If Iran were uttering these words they would not exist any longer,this world is freaking crazy.

by: Ciaran Mulcahy. from: Dublin, Ireland.
January 29, 2013 10:18 AM
The North Korean 'logic' that it would be 'possible' or even worth uniting Korea 'if' North Korea succeeded in vapourizing what is the part of what is their own Korean Race, who just 'happen' to live in the southern half of the same nation is beyond all rational belief. If the People's Republic of China has 'any' integrity, it will send in Millitary Forces in order to liberate what were, to begin with, its closest political allies. The world deserves to be preserved from its destruction, and at the moment, it appears that only the People's Republic of China can hope to influence Pyongyang, either with words, alone, or, also, with actions.

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