Japan: North Korea threat to sink Japan is 'outrageous'

Trevor Jackson
September 15, 2017

"Japan is no longer needed to exist near us", the state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Thursday, citing a statement by the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

But the, uh, "Peace Committee" spokesperson didn't stop there: "The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", the spokesperson continued, referring to the country's "self-reliance" ideology.

On Thursday, North Korea issued another threat, this time targeting both Japan and the US.

"I agree that the South needs to bolster its defense capabilities against the North's advancing nuclear and missile programs", Moon said in an interview with CNN.

"These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than seen after any of the North's previous five tests, and include additional slippage in pre-existing landslide scars and a possible subsidence crater", the report says.

Illicit evasion and a thriving black market continue to mitigate the impact of sanctions meant to deprive North Korea of billions of dollars in revenue and needed components for its nuclear program.

North Korea responded to the "vicious" sanctions by vowing to inflict "the greatest pain" the US has ever suffered.

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Seoul reportedly would give $3.5 million to the U.N. Children's Fund, or UNICEF, aiming to help children and pregnant women receive vaccines, medicine and nutritional aid.

In an attempt to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions, targeting the country's textile industry and limiting its import of crude oil.

The most recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, USA analysts say.

In response, the committee said the U.S. should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog" for the "heinous sanctions resolution". And on September 12, South Korea conducted a military exercise to improve its ability to fire cruise missiles at North Korea. The administration of President Donald Trump has indicated it will consider secondary sanctions if the United Nations sanctions are not fully implemented.

The North said its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles that were flight tested twice in July.

The North claimed to have carried out a hydrogen bomb test.

North Korea's latest threats also singled out Japan for "dancing to the tune" of the USA, saying that it should never be pardoned for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people", an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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