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Furious over sanctions, N. Korea vows to nuke U.S.

By Edith M. Lederer and Hyung-Jin Kim

Associated Press

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UNITED NATIONS » The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously today for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against the United States.

The sanctions drafted by North Korea's closest ally, China, and the United States send a powerful message that the international community condemns the ballistic missile and nuclear tests — and repeated violation of Security Council resolutions.

"Adoption of the resolution itself is not enough," China's U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said. "We want to see full implementation of the resolution." Li also urged calm and a resumption of the stalled six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

"The top priority now is to defuse the tensions, bring down heat ... bring the situation back on the track of diplomacy, on negotiations."

Immediately before the vote, an unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for "a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors" because Washington is "set to light a fuse for a nuclear war."

The statement was carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, which issued no immediate comment after the Security Council vote.

In North Korea, Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong told a crowd of tens of thousands that North Korea is ready to fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington, which "will be engulfed in a sea of fire."

The White House responded by saying the U.S. is fully capable of defending itself against a North Korea ballistic missile attack.

Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and pre-emptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for several crude nuclear devices.

The United States has long been concerned that North Korea could eventually pose a missile threat to U.S. territory. It was mainly with such a potential threat in mind that the Defense Department first began to operate a ground-based missile defense system in late 2004.

The United States responded to North Korea's threat saying it will take the necessary steps to defend itself and its allies.

"Taken together, these sanctions will bite, and bite hard," U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said after the vote. "They increase North Korea's isolation and raise the cost to North Korea's leaders of defying the international community."

South Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Sook said North Korea's threats and inflammatory statements will be dealt with "resolutely."

"North Korea must wake up from its delusion of becoming a ... nuclear weapons state and make the right choice," he said. "It can either take the right path toward a bright future and prosperity, or it can take a bad road toward further and deeper isolation and eventual self-destruction."

Tensions have escalated following a rocket launch by Pyongyang in December and its third nuclear test on Feb. 12. Both acts defied three Security Council resolutions that bar North Korea from testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology and from importing or exporting material for these programs.

The resolution is the fourth sanctions resolution against North Korea since its first nuclear test in 2006.

It condemns the North's third nuclear test in February "in the strongest terms" for violating and flagrantly disregarding council resolutions. It bans further ballistic missile launches, nuclear tests "or any other provocation" and demands that North Korea return to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It condemns all of North Korea's ongoing nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment.

But the resolution also stresses the council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution" to North Korea's nuclear program and urges a resumption of six-party talks.

It strengthens inspections of suspicious cargo heading to and from the country, calls on states to step up "vigilance" of possible illegal activity by North Korean diplomats and reiterates the council's commitment to a diplomatic solution. In a measure targeted at the reclusive nation's ruling elite, the resolution bans all nations from exporting expensive jewelry, yachts, luxury automobiles and racing cars to the North.

The U.N. resolution identifies three individuals, one corporation and one organization that will be added to the U.N. sanctions list. The targets include top officials at a company that is the country's primary arms dealer and main exporter of ballistic missile-related equipment, and a national organization responsible for research and development of missiles and probably nuclear weapons.

The success of a new round of sanctions could depend on enforcement by China, where most of the companies and banks that North Korea is believed to work with are based.

According to the resolution, all countries would now be required to freeze financial transactions or services that could contribute to North Korea's nuclear or missile programs.

To get around financial sanctions, North Koreans have been carrying around large suitcases filled with cash to move illicit funds. The resolution expresses concern that these bulk cash transfers may be used to evade sanctions.

The resolution also bans all countries from providing public financial support for trade deals, such as granting export credits, guarantees or insurance, if the assistance could contribute to the North's nuclear or missile programs.

It includes what a senior diplomat called unprecedented new travel sanctions that would require countries to expel agents working for sanctioned North Korean companies.

The resolution also requires states to inspect suspect cargo on their territory and prevent any vessel that refuses an inspection from entering their ports. And a new aviation measure calls on states to deny aircraft permission to take off, land or fly over their territory if illicit cargo is suspected to be aboard.

Kim reported from Seoul, South Korea. Peter J. Spielmann at the United Nations, Robert Burns in Washington and Foster Klug in Seoul contributed to this report.







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tiki886 wrote:
Quick! Let's hide behind Dennis Rodman.
on March 7,2013 | 04:22AM
soundofreason wrote:
LOL! If the target is Washington, do you think he can do it before they adjourn?
on March 7,2013 | 05:48AM
CriticalReader wrote:
There is a simple solution that requires no bullets or missiles. Ring the North Korean border a mile out with hibachis. All at the same time, start cooking Kal bi ribs and blow the smoke into North Korea. The possibility of food riots start. . . . never mind. Kal bi is too expensive. War is cheaper. .
on March 7,2013 | 10:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Kim Dum Dum looked really happy with Dennis. Let's send him back and let them keep him.
on March 7,2013 | 05:49AM
aomohoa wrote:
Two nut cases. LOL!
on March 7,2013 | 07:55AM
aomohoa wrote:
Funny, the first thing I thought about was that not Dennis Rodman and his new best friend. LOL!
on March 7,2013 | 07:55AM
palani wrote:
What is the problem with these maniacal, diminutive politicians constantly spouting their bellicose threats.... And, besides our Governor, there's the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
on March 7,2013 | 04:25AM
hanalei395 wrote:
I like our Governor and I'll vote for him again. I don't know anything about Jong-Un, but Dennis Rodman says that he's awesome.
on March 7,2013 | 05:26AM
Pocho wrote:
Not one word one of the Head of State on Democratic Rep. Faye Hanonono, not even a hint of a slap on the hand. The Democratic "Partay" Machine at it's finest!
on March 7,2013 | 05:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Neil suffers from the same terminal foot-in-mouth disease as faye so he sympathizes with her.
on March 7,2013 | 06:03AM
false wrote:
Where's Dante Carpenter and the rest of them?
on March 7,2013 | 08:42AM
tiki886 wrote:
hanalei395: Dennis does look awesome in his white wedding dress. https://www.google.com/search?q=dennis rodman white wedding dress&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-tg4UbK7GMjZrAH4w4DQCw&sqi=2&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=695

I can't believe Carmen Electra turned me down and went with Dennis instead.


on March 7,2013 | 07:16AM
pakeheat wrote:
Maybe Dennis had something you didn't have that attracted Carmen Electra, LOL
on March 7,2013 | 11:22AM
tiki886 wrote:
That may be true but now that "Rod"man had his way with her, I wouldn't want to go where "Rod"man's been. Eewww.
on March 7,2013 | 01:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Why not? You know the old story that the best way to preserve your organ is to play in a big cathedral.
on March 7,2013 | 02:08PM
tiki886 wrote:
Making love to an open window? Throwing my hotdog down the hallway. No, thanks.
on March 7,2013 | 03:39PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
For a moment I thought you were going to say Bush.
on March 7,2013 | 09:32AM
sukebesan wrote:
Lets rid ourselves of Crumbie first before Kim Chee Suk
on March 7,2013 | 05:21AM
soundofreason wrote:
Gee, sounds like a declaration of war to me.
on March 7,2013 | 06:06AM
kaupena wrote:
Can we afford $$$ it???
on March 7,2013 | 06:53AM
soundofreason wrote:
Cut the freeloaders off our system and...........yes.. THAT needs to be done anyway.
on March 7,2013 | 07:17AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No problem, we get all the local kim chee we need from Halms.
on March 7,2013 | 08:07AM
loquaciousone wrote:
ewwwww.....Halms taste like palms.
on March 7,2013 | 09:04AM
tiki886 wrote:
You're not eating it right. Hot cheese pizza with kim chee! Mmmmm!
on March 7,2013 | 01:44PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
All it is is more rhetoric from NK. They're not dumb enough to launch a nuclear warhead towards the U.S. knowing that it'll be the last thing they do before they're wiped off the face of the earth.
on March 7,2013 | 06:22AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I would think they would put the bomb in a lead-lined 40-foot shipping container, transport it to a third county with a busy seaport, say Singapore or Hong Kong, switch off the county of origin documents to disguise where the container came from, then slip into onto a large container ship along with hundreds of other commercial containers. As the ship docks in the port of Long Beach or Oakland, mushroom cloud.
on March 7,2013 | 07:28AM
cojef wrote:
Intriguing imagination, right out of a "James Bond" movie. Ah the plot thickens
on March 7,2013 | 08:08AM
false wrote:
I think you do not understand how closely ships are being tracked and monitored by US intelligence services. Especially vessels from North Korea. I am not saying it would be impossible. But the odds are greatly against it going undetected. And, once detected, intercepted.
on March 8,2013 | 07:23AM
pcman wrote:
The North Koreans know that with President Obama they can get their goals achieved just like other countries around the world , Or, if the President wants to, he could launch a preemptive conventional attack on the North Korean nuclear facilities with missiles, stealth aircraft, and/or special forces. See if he leads from behind and waits for something to happen, or lead from in front and do the right thing.
on March 7,2013 | 08:09AM
false wrote:
I think its their strategy to have a "little war" so we flatten their county only to help them rebuild.
on March 7,2013 | 08:44AM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's help DPRK to nuke Detroit. It may get to look like modern day Hiroshima a lot sooner.

Check out their website. Interesting. http://www.korea-dpr.com/index.html


on March 7,2013 | 01:54PM
tiki886 wrote:
With the help of the DPRK, Detroit could one day look like modern day Hiroshima.

http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/yourturf2/HiroshimaandDetroit.htm


on March 7,2013 | 02:19PM
wiliki wrote:
I don't understand why the US doesn't enter into negotiations with N. Korea and prohibits S. Korea from doing so.
on March 7,2013 | 06:35AM
mijlive wrote:
i can explain it to you but i can't understand it for you.
on March 7,2013 | 06:51AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Heh.
on March 7,2013 | 06:59AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I gotta remember that one.
on March 7,2013 | 07:11AM
Kaluu wrote:
Yeah, gotta remember. Good one, mijlive! I not arguing...only appreciate how clever the thought. My opinion is, human beings are pupule.
on March 7,2013 | 07:58AM
pakeheat wrote:
Especially Kim Jong Nut
on March 7,2013 | 11:26AM
tiki886 wrote:
Good one.
on March 7,2013 | 07:34AM
Mikilai wrote:
hahahahaha best comment today
on March 7,2013 | 07:43AM
Skyler wrote:
(y)! ( for you non-skype users, that's THUMBS UP!)
on March 7,2013 | 09:40AM
markat wrote:
If the US entered into unilateral talks with N Korea, there would be much misrepresentation and propoganda spilling out into the press as each side put their spin on what the other is saying and doing. This would lead to the other countries 'choosing sides' between the US and N Korea and would create a huge divide between the other world powers. It is far more effective to gain the support of the other countries and world powers ahead of time to put collective pressure on N Korea. This ensures that the 'alliance' is all on the same page and in general agreement and puts significantly greater pressure on N Korea. Granted, this process takes much longer and requires much more patience and diplomacy.
on March 7,2013 | 06:57AM
cojef wrote:
It's about saving face on one side and on the other side recognition as an equal partner on world affairs. One side has more to gain internally as well as globally. Internally it solidfy his power base, globally it is obvious. Where as, on the other sideof the coin, the US is portrayed as knuckling under to a 3rd world country. For world peace a dilemma.
on March 7,2013 | 08:19AM
Malani wrote:
North Korea against China and the United States, two Countries well equipped for defense. What chance does North Korea stand against these to Countries? A very young Korea leader getting poor advice from those who worked for his father?
on March 7,2013 | 06:58AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Come on guys, we have a Nobel Peace Award winner in the White House. Surely he will bring this to a peaceful end and, when doing so, he will find a way to blame the republicans.
on March 7,2013 | 07:25AM
allie wrote:
scary
on March 7,2013 | 11:36AM
hanalei395 wrote:
What irks the N. Koreans .....troops from a foreign country... on the Korean peninsula, even with the permission of the S. Koreans.
on March 7,2013 | 07:27AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What really irks me as how do they all manage to clap in unison like that. Do they spend hours every day practicing?
on March 7,2013 | 07:34AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Rhythm, they've got rhythm, like gangham style. I guess you don't have rhythm.
on March 7,2013 | 07:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
What also irks the N. Koreans... they still think that the U.S. still considers them evil, one of the "Axis of Evil". The first one, Iraq, was attacked and invaded. And with joint military drills with S. Korea going on, they think they're next.
on March 7,2013 | 08:16AM
loquaciousone wrote:
BREAKING NEWS: A suspicious package was intercepted at the Honolulu International - Daniel K Inouye Airport due to a strange smell emanating from it. On opening it TSA technicians discovered a round ticking object covered with a smelly Oriental Cabbage. The package was destined for Washington DC. It's unknown if the the smelly cabbage or the round ticking object was more dangerous.
on March 7,2013 | 07:27AM
DABLACK wrote:
The young boy being misled by the older wanna be's. They not telling him if he gets a bug up his but he needs to scratch it by pushing the red button....then no more bug to bother all of them !! Varoooom !
on March 7,2013 | 07:39AM
aomohoa wrote:
I know, let's send allie, she knows how to deal with everything. LOL!
on March 7,2013 | 07:59AM
false wrote:
Now that's sound like a plan.
on March 7,2013 | 08:50AM
turbolink wrote:
Wouldn't it be a hoot...allie = Kim Jong Un's screen name?
on March 7,2013 | 10:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
If these guys don't knock it off we will send John Kerry over to bore them to death.
on March 7,2013 | 08:06AM
pakeheat wrote:
How about sending Al Gore at the same time, that would be hell?
on March 7,2013 | 11:30AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Are you saying Gore is a bore and Kerry is a fairy?
on March 7,2013 | 11:35AM
pakeheat wrote:
Yep, water-boarding would be mild to what torture Gore and Kerry would do, LOL
on March 7,2013 | 02:44PM
BigOpu wrote:
What always makes me paranoid about these N.Korean threats of sending a nuclear package to the U.S. to teach them a lesson, is that we are the closest US State to them. They don't need as much nuclear fuel to hit us, as opposed to sending one to DC. Taking out the Pacific Base makes strategical sense. Am I wrong on this? Of course, that's if these threats have any bite to them.
on March 7,2013 | 08:26AM
false wrote:
NO worries. That thing will be tracked before it leaves their air space and zapped.
on March 7,2013 | 09:16AM
false wrote:
Go ahead N. Korea make our day. Your county will be reduced to a crater.
on March 7,2013 | 08:41AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That day won't come. Don't worry about it.
on March 7,2013 | 08:50AM
false wrote:
Thanks bro. I'll wipe off the war paint. LOL
on March 7,2013 | 11:52AM
808Cindy wrote:
This is scary ... if another war breaks out ... North Korea is desperate and may react in a foolish way.
on March 7,2013 | 09:00AM
steveoctober wrote:
The only scary part is the economy of S. Korea would be in shambles once the DMZ dissolves, similar to West Germany's experience when the wall fell. Too many uneducated, starving, health-deprived people that would now become S. Korea and in turn, the US' financial problem. Expect more of your tax dollars to be sent over to feed, clothe, educate, and house the North Koreans when that day comes, at the expense of more US government services going under, and your taxes going up.
on March 7,2013 | 12:39PM
bumba wrote:
Nuke'em first, every last one of them.
on March 7,2013 | 09:11AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Nuke 'em first"?... Dumb statement... May you be stuck in an elevator with a Korean who just downed a bottle of kim chee.
on March 7,2013 | 09:19AM
Snator wrote:
Not as dumb as you saying you'd vote for Abercrombie again...
on March 7,2013 | 10:51AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Of course. The State still owes millions more of $$$$ to OHA. And the Gov. will pay it, $$$$ or more state land.
on March 7,2013 | 11:08AM
pakeheat wrote:
Yeah I can relate to that, try a Korean stepping into the bus and sits next to you?
on March 7,2013 | 11:34AM
Bumby wrote:
Think think think. What does North Korea have to offer in regards to natural resources or economic benefit to the world powers and central banks that control the governments by keeping them in debt. North Korea is a country that is used as a trump card when conflicts or threats need to made to the world powers namely the U.S. Especially during this time of the debt ceiling and the national debt we are running. Need to have this things happen to continue to spend more than is necessary on the defense budget.
on March 7,2013 | 09:43AM
Denominator wrote:
What if their atomic bomb and missle blew up on take off? It could wipe out all of N. Korea.
on March 7,2013 | 09:53AM
Kahaluuboy wrote:
N.Korea fires at Washington....we blow up D.Rodman. Then Kim Dum Dum won't have any friends.
on March 7,2013 | 10:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Given the serious nature of this threat, people need to dispense with the frivolity and provide legitimate workable solutions. I propose a first to 10 basketball game winner take all. They can have Dennis and that gangnam guy. We'll take the Miami Heat.
on March 7,2013 | 11:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Given the serious nature of this threat, people need to dispense with the frivolity and provide legitimate workable solutions. I propose a first to 10 basketball game winner take all. They can have Dennis and that gangnam guy. We'll take the Miami Heat.
on March 7,2013 | 11:48AM
taduyenishi wrote:
Wahhhhhhhh wahhhhhhh
on March 7,2013 | 11:55AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
NK cannot continue to threaten a nuclear attack without looking like fools. At some point, it has no choice but to launch or risk global ridicule.
on March 7,2013 | 01:01PM
hanalei395 wrote:
What they think is war maneuvers and preparations the U.S. is now having with S. Korea, and like Iraq, attacked and invaded for being, what the U.S. said, was one of (like them) the "Axis of Evil", they think the U.S. still considers them evil, and that they're next. All this blustering is their "warning" not to attack.
on March 7,2013 | 02:07PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Message to Kim Jong Un: "Bring it!" We should just call his bluff already. Either he will fire missiles which will fail (or we shoot them down), or he will find some excuse NOT to fire any missiles because he knows they aren't good enough. And either way, the people of North Korea will see that their government is full of empty lies. The common folks are starving, their government does not care, and yet they hate us because their government does such a great propaganda job. They probably tell their citizens that thay are starving because it is the USA's fault. So, of course they hate us!
on March 7,2013 | 01:44PM
aunav wrote:
Why nuke the United States? China is closer. Sanctions were drafted by China.
on March 7,2013 | 02:39PM
BigOpu wrote:
They are dumb, but not stupid. Nuke China would be garenz flat city. China would engulf that country like the black ants on the dead cockroach on my porch. hahaha
on March 7,2013 | 04:51PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Bomb Congress so we can start over.....then watch out because we'll be coming to get you.....BRING IT ON !!!!!
on March 7,2013 | 04:52PM
soundofreason wrote:
Send Obama over there to fix their economy......like he did ours. THAT'LL learn em.
on March 7,2013 | 05:19PM
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