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North Korea: Sanctions a declaration of war

Posted by kayms99 on April 18, 2009

78d1f254f52fcc58(CNN) — North Korea said Saturday any sanctions or pressure applied against it following its rocket launch earlier this month will be considered a “declaration of war.” 
    In an announcement on state-run television, the country said it was ready to step up efforts to develop nuclear weapons and poised for a military response to any moves against it. “The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK are always keeping themselves fully ready to go into action any moment to mercilessly punish anyone who encroaches upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK even a bit,” it said. On Monday the United Nations condemned North Korea — which refers to itself as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK — for launching a rocket.        
           The United States called the launch a “provocative act” that violated a 2006 Security Council resolution prohibiting Pyongyang from conducting ballistic missile launches. Pyongyang insists the April 5 launch was a successful mission to place a communications satellite into orbit.

The United States says the rocket’s payload did not reach orbit. The U.N. statement says the rocket launch was “in contravention” to a 2006 Security Council resolution that demanded that North Korea not launch any ballistic missiles. The 15-member council also voted unanimously for a statement by the council’s president demanding the country make no more launches.

         “The Korean People’s Army will consider sanctions to be applied against the DPRK under various names over its satellite launch or any pressure to be put upon it through ‘total participation’ in the PSI (Proliferation Security Initiative) as a declaration of undisguised confrontation and a declaration of a war against the DPRK,” the announcement on state TV said.

            “Now that the group officially declared confrontation and war against the DPRK, its revolutionary armed forces will opt for increasing the nation’s defense capability including nuclear deterrent in every way, without being bound to the agreement adopted at the six-party talks,” it continued, apparently referring to the Security Council. 

        Referring to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, the statement added, “The Lee group of traitors should never forget that Seoul is just 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from the Military Demarcation Line.”    That line was established by the 1953 Armistice Agreement between the two Koreas — which are still technically at war.   

       A Friday report North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, seemed to blame the “war hysteria” on the United States and South Korea after the two countries carried out a combined air force operation in South Korea.     The “‘South Korea-U.S. military alliance’ oft-repeated by them is, in essence, nothing but a ‘war alliance’ and ‘alliance for aggression’ aimed at invading the DPRK,” the report said.   

      “When a nuclear war will break out due to the war chariot of the ‘South Korea-U.S. military alliance’ is a matter of time,” it said.    “The U.S. and South Korean warmongers would be well advised to stop acting rashly, properly understanding who their rival is.”

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3 Responses to “North Korea: Sanctions a declaration of war”

  1. pobept said

    As an independent country they must decide what they consider a declaration of war.
    The real question is do they have the means and backbone to backup this declaration of war statement!

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  2. […] Original post by kayms99 […]

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  3. North Korea does not have the man power to repel the Un or US Forces. The DMZ exists so that North Korea does not invade South Korea. South Korea is still concidered a war zone for soldiers pay. If anything thier technology was pilfered from the USSR back in the 80’s our current technology is far superior. But North Korea has seemed like they have felt that the US is going to invade them much like Iraq North Korea started to really show more aggressive behavior after W’s provoking statement about a so called “axis of evil”. I do not blame them but seriously both sides needs to end the hostilities shake hands and be neighbors. Maybe that will happen with this generation, the Korean war has been going on for more than fifty years as the longest war America is involved in. We need to find away to come up with an agreement so a cease-fire is not a needed thing. I am sure there are South Koreans with family in North Korea that they want to see. There must be something that can be used to try to end the hostilities on both sides other than war.

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