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Sunday, June 6, 2010

NKorea threatens SKorea for taking it to UN

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)

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