PYONGYANG, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday it will sever the emergency hot line with Seoul and nullify their non-aggression agreements.
"The DPRK abrogates all agreements on nonaggressions reached between the North and the South," the country's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said in a statement carried by the official news agency KCNA.
"The DPRK will close the Panmunjom liaison channel between the North and the South," it added.
The hot line installed in a truce village separating the two countries had been suspended for nearly 10 months from 2008 to 2009.
Accusing the South and the United States of escalating tensions and igniting a war against the DPRK, the statement said, "a dangerous situation is prevailing on the Korean Peninsula, where a nuclear war may break out right now."
Friday's harsh rhetoric came two days after the DPRK's supreme military command announced it would scrap the Korean War Armistice Agreement on March 11 when South Korea and the United States start a joint military drill.
The two Koreas are still technically at war since no peace agreement was signed.
Top leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday the DPRK military was ready to fight an all-out war, the KCNA reported two hours after the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution to punish the country for its underground nuclear test on Feb. 12.
SEOUL, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will"vanish from the earth" if it wages a nuclear attack on South Korea, the South Korean Defense Ministry here said Friday.
"I am telling you this as a member of the human race: If North Korea (DPRK) attacks South Korea with nuclear weapons, the Kim Jong Un regime will vanish from the earth by the will of the humanity,"ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters. Full story
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The UN chief and some countries have voiced support for the latest UN resolution condemning the Feb. 12 nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution, demanding the DPRK not to proceed with any further nuclear tests, give up any nuclear arms program and return to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Full story
PYONGYANG, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said on Thursday that the DPRK military was ready to fight an all-out war, the official KCNA news agency reported.
"All the service personnel of the ground, naval, air and anti-air and strategic rocket forces are fully ready to fight a Korean style all-out war," Kim was quoted as saying when he inspected a front-line army unit stationed on two southwestern islands. Full story