North Korea threatened Sunday to retaliate against South Korea for taking it to the U.N. Security Council over the deadly sinking of a warship, calling the action an "intolerable provocation."
South Korea officially asked the U.N. Security Council on Friday to punish North Korea, accusing its nuclear-armed communist neighbor of blowing apart one of its warships with a torpedo, killing 46 sailors. It was the first time Seoul has taken Pyongyang to the Security Council for an inter-Korean provocation, despite a history of being attacked by the North.
On Sunday, North Korea — which denies involvement in the sinking — issued a statement saying the South's action will intensify military tension and could trigger a war on the divided peninsula.
"That is yet another intolerable provocation to us," the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification said.
The statement — carried by the official Korean Central News Agency — was Pyongyang's first response to Seoul's request for U.N. action over the March 26 sinking.
The North Korean committee said its military will launch a "stern punishment" against South Korea if it doesn't stop anti-North Korea steps. It didn't elaborate on what action it might take. (Continues here)