North Korea threatens war with South over UN sanctions

North Korea threatens war with South over UN sanctions
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year address in Pyongyang in this picture released by the North’s official KCNA news agency on January 1, 2013.

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SEOUL | Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:47am EST

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round of tightened U.N. sanctions, as Washington unveiled more of its own economic restrictions following Pyongyang’s rocket launch last month.

In a third straight day of fiery rhetoric, the North directed its verbal onslaught at its neighbor on Friday, saying: “‘Sanctions’ mean a war and a declaration of war against us.”

The reclusive North has this week declared a boycott of all dialogue aimed at ending its nuclear program and vowed to conduct more rocket and nuclear tests after the U.N. Security Council censured it for a December long-range missile launch.

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