NK group de­mands US be turned to ‘ashes’

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

A NORTH Korean or­gan­i­sa­tion de­manded yes­ter­day that the United States be “beaten to death” like a “ra­bid dog” for spear­head­ing fresh UN sanc­tions on Py­ongyang over its lat­est nu­clear test, adding ally Ja­pan should be “sunken into the sea”.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously im­posed an eighth set of sanc­tions on the North on Mon­day, ban­ning it from trad­ing in tex­tiles and re­strict­ing its oil im­ports, a week af­ter Py­ongyang tested what it said was a hy­dro­gen bomb small enough to fit onto a mis­sile, rais­ing ten­sions on the penin­sula and glob­ally.

A spokesman for the North’s Korea Asia-Pa­cific Peace Com- mit­tee (KAPPC) de­nounced the “heinous sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion” and said there were mount­ing calls for strong re­tal­i­a­tion against the US and its al­lies.

“The army and peo­ple of the DPRKare­unan­i­mous­ly­de­mand­ing that theYan­kees, chief cul­prit in cook­ing up the ‘sanc­tions res­o­lu­tion’, be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a ra­bid dog,” he said in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency.

“Now is the time to an­ni­hi­late the US im­pe­ri­al­ist ag­gres­sors. Let’s re­duce the US main­land into ashes and dark­ness,” it said.

North Korea has a long his­tory of is­su­ing dra­matic threats against the US and its al­lies but not car­ry­ing them out.

Ac­cord­ing to the South’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­istry, the KAPPC acts as “a win­dow for im­prov­ing re­la­tions with coun­tries like the US and Ja­pan . . . while cam­paign­ing to change North Korea’s closed and neg­a­tive im­age”.

But the KAPPC state­ment ac­cused Tokyo of “danc­ing to the tune of the US” and warned of a “telling blow” against Ja­pan, not­ing the mis­sile test that over­flew the is­land na­tion last month.

Ex­perts be­lieve Py­ongyang’s weapons pro­gramme has made rapid progress un­der leader Kim Jong-un, with pre­vi­ous sanc­tions hav­ing done lit­tle to de­ter it.

BRITTA PED­ER­SEN/AFP

Ac­tivists in Ber­lin wear masks of US President Don­ald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un while pos­ing with a mock mis­sile in front of the North Korean Em­bassy on Wed­nes­day.

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