North Korea Planning Offensive During South Korea, United States War Games
- US declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on sanctioned individuals list, N Korea said
- Showdown if US, S Korea hold annual war games next month, it said.
- We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war, foreign ministry said
North Korea has described US sanctions against Kim Jong-un and other senior officials for human rights abuses as a “declaration of war”. Pyongyang said the announcement of sanctions was a “hideous crime”, according to North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.
The United States imposed its first sanctions targeting any North Koreans for rights abuses on Wednesday, blacklisting Kim along with 10 other people and five government ministries and departments. The move affects assets within US jurisdiction.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, hopes China will urge its ally North Korea to cooperate internationally on human rights, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday in New York.
Dujarric said that Ban, who is currently visiting China, “believes that discussion of human rights concerns allows for a more comprehensive assessment and action when addressing security and stability concerns on the Korean peninsula.”
BREAKING: North Korea launches SUBMARINE missile just days after ‘declaring war’ on US
NORTH Korea has reportedly fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile just days after crackpot dictator Kim Jong-Un “declared war” on the US.
A South Korean military spokesman said the missile was launched around 3am in the waters east of the Korean peninsula.
The launch comes after the US and South Korea announced they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, a high-tech U.S. air defense system in Korea to counter the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile threat.
And the hostile North vowed to respond with the “toughest countermeasures” to “hideous” US-imposed sanctions.
The restrictions were imposed as a response to repeated human rights violations by the Communist state.
But Kim’s government branded them a “declaration of war”.
The Pentagon Is Says North Korea’s Actions Violate UN Resolutions
North Korea doesn’t recognize the UN as the legal global power structure which it pursues.
The U.S. Strategic Command also said that the missile was tracked over the Sea of Japan, where initial indications are it fell. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.
“We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” said Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.