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N. Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire

By Foster Klug and Youkyung Lee

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:54 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2013


SEOUL » North Korea vowed Tuesday (Monday in Hawaii) to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.

Without elaborating, the Korean People's Army Supreme Command warned of "surgical strikes" meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula and of an indigenous, "precision nuclear striking tool." The statement came amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for sanctions in response to North Korea's Feb. 12 nuclear test. The draft is expected to be circulated at the U.N. this week.

Such heated military rhetoric and threats are common from North Korea as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula, and Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and rocket launches, and the push for U.N. punishment that have followed, have increased already high animosity between the North and Washington and ally Seoul.

The United States and others worry that North Korea's third nuclear test pushes it a step closer toward its goal of having nuclear-armed missiles that can reach America, and condemn its nuclear and missile efforts as threats to regional security and a drain on the resources that could go to North Korea's largely destitute people.

North Korea says its nuclear program is a response to U.S. hostility that dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

North Korea warned it will cancel the armistice agreement on March 11 because of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that began March 1 which the statement called a "dangerous nuclear war targeted at us."

North Korea said Washington and others are going beyond mere economic sanctions and expanding into blunt aggression and military acts. North Korea also warned that it will block a communications line between it and the United States at the border village separating the two Koreas.

"We aim to launch surgical strikes at any time and any target without being bounded by the armistice accord and advance our long-cherished wish for national unification," the statement said.

North Korea lays the blame for its much-condemned nuclear weapons programs on the United States.

A rich vein of North Korean propaganda fueled by decades-old American threats holds that the North remains at risk of an unprovoked nuclear attack. Washington and others say brinksmanship is the North's true motive for the nuclear push.

Associated Press writer Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report.







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gtracer66 wrote:
While I believe N. Korea is just spouting off to impress it's own people, I stated almost 20 years ago, that if anyone were to ever use a nuclear weapon, it would be on the Korean Peninsula. While Iran is working on nukes, N. Korea has them already and probably feels it has little to lose. Iran may be dangerous, but N' Korea is both dangerous and irrational. .
on March 5,2013 | 05:05AM
allie wrote:
agree
on March 5,2013 | 05:12AM
pcman wrote:
As soon as North Korea cancels the 1953 cease fire, the US should launch a massive conventional attack on the NK nuclear sites, leadership facilities, and frontline military forces. If that doesn't force the NK's change of policy, the Combined Forces Command, headed by SK should launch an all-out war against the North with all of their air, land and naval forces. Threats should be met with power.
on March 5,2013 | 06:04AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Where's Dennis Rodman when you need him.
on March 5,2013 | 05:31AM
loquaciousone wrote:
China better put a muzzle on this looney tune really quick before he stops with the hot air and causes some real damage.
on March 5,2013 | 06:33AM
BO0o07 wrote:
I remember 40-50 years ago when China called the U.S.A. a Paper Tiger. N Korea can also call us a Paper Tiger because they can do whatever they want and there is nothing we can do to effectively change their ways.
on March 5,2013 | 06:47AM
jrboi96786 wrote:
BRING IT ON!!!
on March 5,2013 | 08:26AM
hanalei395 wrote:
What's really irking the N. Koreans .....a superpower, the U.S., having military drills with S. Korea, a direct threat to them. So they respond with their own threat. The N. Koreans still thinks that the U.S. still considers them one of the three "Axis of Evil". The first one, Iraq, was attacked and invaded. And they're next.
on March 5,2013 | 08:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
All except Dennis Rodman of course. He's Kim Dum Dum's buddy for life. I'm still not sure who got the worse of that deal.
on March 5,2013 | 08:55AM
saveparadise wrote:
Rodman is a great role model. Easily bought with wine and N.Korean women. Dennis the menace!
on March 5,2013 | 09:16AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A great role model who showed the N. Koreans the real meaning, the true meaning of American culture. Who showed them the real America, an America that will not start a war with them.
on March 5,2013 | 09:39AM
saveparadise wrote:
Can't we drone this fruitcake? Once the rest of the population gets a taste of the American music scene they will all be wearing gold chains, doing drugs, wearing Nike and forgetting all about the military.
on March 5,2013 | 09:19AM
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