North Korea threatens ‘physical response’ to US moves

All these war maneuvers are nothing but outright provocations aimed to stifle the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by force of arms to all intents and purposes.’ DPRK statement.

The army and people of the N- Korea will legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the US and the South Korean puppet forces.

The United States and its allied South Korean government have been raising tensions in Eastern parts of Asia by their joint military exercise due to start tomorrow.

Meanwhile, North Korean government which views US and South Korean militaries amassing a large armada near its border, has issued a stern warning by reserving the right to wage a ‘Sacred War’ upon the US and South Korea at any time it should be necessary. ‘All these war maneuvers are nothing but outright provocations aimed to stifle the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] by force of arms to all intents and purposes,’ Korea’s National Defense Commission (NDC) headed by Kim Kong-Il said in its latest statement.

As history has shown many times before, an Imperial power like the United States normally ends up in a kind of irresolvable situation at which point only a major military confrontation or invasion would serve as a final remedy. In this way US-led Western economies having experienced an unprecedented growth after WWII, face an economic abyss unlike anything in the past. Washington’s on the surface expression of support for South Korea is aimed at increasing tensions in East Asia. The United States hopes that a major military conflict on the Korean Peninsula would temporarily destroy industrial capacities and export regime of the regional countries, which in turn would benefit American exporters.

While nuclear-armed North Korean Army is closely monitoring US and South Korean military drills in the region, its latest statement by NDC said, ‘The army and people of the DPRK will legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the US and the South Korean puppet forces.’

China urges relevant parties to exercise calm and to refrain from acts that might escalate tension in the region.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Asia on Friday to enforce tough sanctions against North Korea, which hit back by threatening a “physical response” to Washington’s plans for joint military drills with South Korea.

Clinton, speaking in Hanoi at the Asia-Pacific’s biggest security dialogue, also called on Myanmar’s neighbours to pressure the country’s military rulers for democratic reforms, and said Asia must join the global community in sending a “clear signal” to Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.

“One measure of the strength of a community of nations is how it responds to threats to its members, neighbours and region,” Clinton told the 27-member Asean Regional Forum, which includes regional powers China, Japan and Russia along with the United States, European Union and Canada.

Clinton unveiled new US sanctions this week against North Korea, blamed by both Washington and Seoul for the March sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors and sharpened tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

A North Korean diplomat said Washington’s new sanctions and the US-South Korean drills would be met with a “physical response”, and that charges it torpedoed the corvette Cheonan had pushed the divided Korean peninsula “to the brink of explosion”.

“There will be a physical response to the steps imposed by the United States militarily,” Ri Tong-il, a member of Pyongyang’s delegation in Hanoi, told reporters. The military exercises, he added, would violate North Korean sovereignty.

Reclusive, communist North Korea is known for fiery, jingoistic rhetoric, often rattling sabres to alarm dialogue partners in the hope they would be more willing to make concessions in return for Pyongyang reducing its military threat.

But resuming talks appears difficult. Washington’s new sanctions target the ruling elite in the impoverished state and build on earlier UN sanctions that curbed trade with the North in hopes of persuading it to abandon its atomic ambitions.

Clinton said it was essential Asian nations enforce the punitive measures to encourage North Korea “to take the steps it must” to stop nuclear development and seek real peace.

Washington hoped for the day when Pyongyang was “less concerned about making threats and more concerned about making opportunities”, she told reporters.

Japan waded into the crisis, announcing plans to send four Maritime Self Defence Forces officers as observers to the large-scale US-South Korean military drills that start this weekend, accepting invitations from both countries.

This will be the first time Japan’s self defence forces join a joint exercise by the United States and South Korea, a Defence Ministry spokeswoman said. The four officers will be aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Clinton had hoped to rally regional support behind Seoul but fell short of building consensus for a direct rebuke of Pyongyang. A senior US administration official said the vast majority of countries at the Hanoi talks expressed regret over the sunken ship, but less than half were willing to condemn Pyongyang and potentially anger its powerful ally China.

North Korean military officers held their second meetingwith the US-led United Nations Command on Friday at the Panmunjom truce village that straddles the border between the two Koreas, with another colonel-level meeting scheduled for July 29, the two sides said.

North Korea’s state TV said on Friday night Pyongyang wanted to send a 20-30 strong team to investigate the Cheonan.

“The truth has not been revealed,” the North Korean newsreader said.

In Hanoi, North Korea’s foreign minister repeatedly denied Pyongyang was responsible for the sinking, according to diplomats present at the closed-door talks.

Clinton told reporters North Korean belligerence prevented Washington from returning to six-party talks aimed at ending the North’s nuclear weapons programme in return for generous aid.

“We stand ready to talk. It appears unlikely that we’ll be able to make any progress in the near term,” she said.

The naval exercises are the first overt military response to the attack on the ship. The United States has said they area show of force meant to convince the North to curb its “aggressive behaviour” and will take place in international waters.

China has condemned the drills and launched its own exercises off its eastern coast, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi repeated Beijing’s opposition at a bilateral meeting with Clinton.

“Yang urged relevant parties to exercise calm and to refrain from acts that might escalate tension in the region,” China’s state news agency Xinhua said in a report of the meeting.

Tags:North Korea South KoreaHillary ClintonSeoul ChinaRobert Gates


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