North Korea threatens to destroy US, Japan

A visitor walks by the wire fence decorated with ribbons carrying messages to wish for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju South Korea Wednesday Sept. 13 2017. South Korea said Wednesday it conducted its first live-fir

A visitor walks by the wire fence decorated with ribbons carrying messages to wish for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju South Korea Wednesday Sept. 13 2017. South Korea said Wednesday it conducted its first live-fir

South Korea said on Wednesday traces of radioactive xenon gas were confirmed to be from a North Korean nuclear test earlier this month, but it was unable to conclude whether the test had been for a hydrogen bomb as Pyongyang claimed.

The North accused the USA of "cooking up" the latest restrictive measures against it and demanded that the U.S. be beaten "to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog".

The UN Security Council stepped up sanctions on Monday following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test on September 3, imposing a ban on textile exports and capping oil imports.

"The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", the committee said, in a statement carried by official KCNA news agency.

Moon said South Korea needs to develop military capabilities in the face of the North's growing nuclear threat, while expressing objection to some conservatives' call for Seoul's own nuclear armament. "Our army and people's resentment at the South Korean puppet regime is getting stronger", the statement said.

North Korea made an explicit threat to use a nuclear weapon to sink Japan, in remarks that further cranks up heightened tensions in North Asia.

It was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the council since 2006 over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ruled out the possibility of redeploying United States nuclear weapons in the country Thursday, CNN reported.

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President Moon emphasized the global community, let alone South Korea, will never accept a nuclearized North Korea. "Let's reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness", the communist outlet reported, also vowing to resort to "all retaliation means which have been prepared till now".

Responding to the latest threat, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described it as 'extremely provocative'.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called for strict enforcement of a United Nations resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, saying the world must force a change in Pyongyang's policies.

South Korea's Unification Ministry also said it planned to provide $8 million through the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF to help infants and pregnant women in the North. "While campaigning to change North Korea's closed and negative image".

When South Korean President Moon Jae-in came into power in May he promised a new era of engagement with North Korea.

While the latest sanctions are not as tough as what the U.S. had sought, they are expected to have a significant impact.

On Aug. 22, the USA government unilaterally sanctioned Russian firms engaged in crude oil trade with North Korea, freezing their assets among other measures.

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