A North Korean diplomat said that the country would bring the “final destruction” of its southern neighbor, South Korea, during the United Nations Conference on Disarmament Tuesday.
The isolated communist regime’s rhetoric has become more and more threatening to the United States and its allies after it successfully carried out a rocket launch in December and a nuclear test last week.
North Korea must realize on its own that by inviting isolation and sanctions from the international community, it is only drawing closer and closer to a dead-end.
—Lee Myung-bak, South Korean president
“As the saying goes, a newborn puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea’s erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction,” North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong was quoted as saying by Reuters at the U.N. meeting.
Last week, North Korea’s nuclear test drew widespread condemnation and will likely trigger more sanctions.
“If the U.S. takes a hostile approach toward [North Korea] to the last, rendering the situation complicated, it (North Korea) will be left with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps in succession,” Jon continued. He did not elaborate on what the country’s capital, Pyongyang, would do.
Other diplomats attending the U.N. meeting said that they were appalled by Jon’s statements.
Spanish Ambassador Luis Javier Gil Catalina told the news agency, “In the 30 years of my career I’ve never heard anything like it and it seems to me that we are not speaking about something that is even admissible, we are speaking about a threat of the use of force that is prohibited by Article 2.4 of the United Nations charter.”
After North Korea carried out the nuclear test last week, which contravenes U.N. resolutions, South Korea warned it could strike if it believed Pyongyang was preparing an attack.
In his outgoing speech, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak essentially said that North Korea had been a near-continual source of tension for his administration.
“Though North Korea is congratulating itself on the success of the test, neither nuclear power nor missiles will protect them,” Lee said, according to the Yonhap New Agency. “North Korea must realize on its own that by inviting isolation and sanctions from the international community, it is only drawing closer and closer to a dead-end.”
Lee stressed that the North Korean regime is “rejecting change,” but its people are constantly changing.
“Such transformation will not be thwarted, and we will watch it unfold with utmost attention,” Lee said. “I firmly believe that the era of reunification is close at hand. We must make haste in our preparations. It goes without saying that a soundly established and airtight national security readiness must provide the basis for such goes.”
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