Wednesday, June 17, 2009
(RTTNews)Â -Â North Korea has reacted sharply to a U.S. statement by threatening to carry out a “thousand-fold” military retaliation against America and its allies, if provoked.
“If the U.S. and its followers infringe upon our republic’s sovereignty even a bit, our military and people will launch a one hundred- or one thousand-fold retaliation with merciless military strikes,” a commentary published by the official Korean Central News Agency as well as the government-run Minju Joson newspaper said.
At a news conference with his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama declared North Korea a “grave threat” to the world, and pledged that recent UN sanctions on the communist regime would be strictly enforced.
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The two leaders agreed to build a regional and global “strategic alliance” to persuade North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons.
The commentary described Obama “a hypocrite” for advocating a nuclear-free world, while making “frantic efforts” to develop new nuclear weapons at home.
“The nuclear program is not the monopoly of the U.S.,” it added.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 6:18 am