North Korea threat­ens to ‘sink’ Ja­pan, re­duce US to ‘ashes and dark­ness’

Millennium Post - - WORLD -

SEOUL/JA­PAN: A North Korean state agency threat­ened on Thurs­day to use nu­clear weapons to “sink” Ja­pan and re­duce the United States to “ashes and dark­ness” for sup­port­ing a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion and sanc­tions over its lat­est nu­clear test.

The Korea Asia-pa­cific Peace Com­mit­tee, which han­dles the North’s ex­ter­nal ties and pro­pa­ganda, also called for the breakup of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which it called “a tool of evil” made up of “money-bribed” coun­tries that move at the or­der of the United States.

“The four is­lands of the ar­chi­pel­ago should be sunken into the sea by the nu­clear bomb of Juche. Ja­pan is no longer needed to ex­ist near us,” the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment car­ried by the North’s of­fi­cial KCNA news agency.

Juche is the North’s rul­ing ide­ol­ogy that mixes Marx­ism and an ex­treme form of go-it-alone na­tion­al­ism preached by state founder Kim Il Sung, the grand­fa­ther of the cur­rent leader, Kim Jong Un.

Re­gional ten­sion has risen markedly since the reclu­sive North con­ducted its sixth, and by far its most pow­er­ful, nu­clear test on Sept. 3, fol­low­ing a se­ries of mis­sile tests, in­clud­ing one that flew over Ja­pan.

The 15-mem­ber Se­cu­rity Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously on a Us-drafted res­o­lu­tion and a new round of sanc­tions on Mon­day in re­sponse, ban­ning North Korea’s tex­tile ex­ports that are the sec­ond largest only to coal and min­eral, and cap­ping fuel sup­plies.

The North re­acted to the lat­est ac­tion by the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which had the back­ing of veto-hold­ing China and Rus­sia, by re­it­er­at­ing threats to de­stroy the United States, Ja­pan and South Korea.

“Let’s re­duce the US main­land into ashes and dark­ness. Let’s vent our spite with mo­bi­liza­tion of all re­tal­i­a­tion means which have been pre­pared till now,” the state­ment said.

Ja­pan’s Nikkei stock in­dex and dol­lar/yen cur­rency pared gains, although traders said that was more be­cause of sev­eral Chi­nese eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors re­leased on Thurs­day rather than a re­ac­tion to the North’s lat­est state­ment.

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