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North Korea threatens to use nuclear weapon to sink Japan

North Korea threatens to use nuclear weapon to sink Japan

On 11 September, the UNSC unanimously agreed to step up economic sanctions imposing a ban on the North's textile exports and capping crude oil imports.

Last month, S&P reaffirmed its long-term sovereign rating on South Korea at "AA", and maintained its outlook at "stable", despite heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

In response, the KAPPC threatened to "reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness".

The fresh sanctions were imposed against the Korean nation as it claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb - the sixth nuclear test carried out by the nation and its largest - which possibly triggered a 6.3-magnitude artificial natural disaster on September 3.

President Moon emphasized the worldwide community, let alone South Korea, will never accept a nuclearized North Korea.

North Korea has threatened to sink Japan and said that the U.S. should be "beaten to death like a rabid dog".

It then said, "The four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche".

It said Tokyo should never be forgiven for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people" in an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression.

Japan responded to the statement on Thursday, criticising the North for increasing tensions in the Asia Pacific region.

Japan criticised the North's statement harshly.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga referred to the statement as being "extremely provocative".

A tougher initial U.S. draft of Monday's resolution was weakened to win the support of China, the North's lone major ally, and Russian Federation.

This week, analysts at 38 North, a monitoring service, said satellite images of North Korea's nuclear testing site showed the effects of the quake caused by the most recent test, as well as preparations for "future underground nuclear testing".

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, claimed the measures - which are a watered-down version of the original US-drafted plan - will starve North Korea of at least $1.3bn in annual revenues. China, in turn, favours an global response to the problem.

The North accuses the United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, of planning to invade and regularly threatens to destroy it and its Asian allies.

However, North Korea remains defiant as its state-run KCNA news agency carried a statement from the authoritarian regime's foreign relations body dated Wednesday.


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