North Korea has threatened a return to war with its neighbours in South Korea, if Seoul joins another new round of UN sanction tightening.
‘Sanctions’ mean a war and a declaration of war against us,” its government said on Friday.
The communist ‘hermit state’ had already announced plans for a third nuclear test which is says is aimed at the United States, and vowed to boycott all future nuclear disarmament talks, following the announcement of a new United Nations resolution. The resolution, which was announced three days ago, criticized the North for disregarding the international community and tightened existing sanctions. On Thursday the United States also added a new round of their own economic sanctions on two North Korean banking officials and a Hong Kong business with links to Pyongyang.
“If the puppet group of traitors takes a direct part in the U.N. ‘sanctions,’ the DPRK will take strong physical counter-measures against it,” said the Orwellianly named ‘Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea’ referring to the government of South Korea.
South Korea has said that they will look at their options for further sanctions, but that the current focus is on implementing the Security Council resolution of three days ago.
North Korea is increasingly isolated, as China – their North’s main ally – joined the rest of the Security to present a united front against them this week. The fiery language of the past few days is most likely a reaction akin to that of a cornered animal, who feels fear but responds with anger. This does not mean, however, that they will not follow through with their threats.