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N.K. rebukes 'anachronistic' sanctions, urges U.S. to seek talks

All Headlines 09:59 April 04, 2016

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday called the latest U.N. sanctions "anachronistic and suicidal" and urged the United States to make efforts to ease tensions on the divided peninsula.

A month ago the United Nations Security Council imposed the toughest sanctions in decades over the North's January nuclear test and long-range rocket launch in February.

A spokesman at the North's powerful National Defense Commission (NDC) said that the international community's "anachronistic and suicidal" sanctions have made Pyongyang even strengthen its will to pursue self-reliance.

Washington's moves for "a war of aggressions against the DPRK to stifle it militarily created the worst crisis in which it may make a retaliatory nuclear strike at the U.S. mainland any moment," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency.

The DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The North has ratcheted up its bellicose rhetoric against Seoul and Washington in recent weeks, threatening to make a "pre-emptive" strike against them.

"The more the U.S. sticks to its show of power against us, the faster it would face a nuclear catastrophe and self-destruction," he said.

The spokesman warned of "the toughest punishment" against the U.S. if Washington passes the threshold by insulting the North's leadership and infringing on the North's sovereign rights.

Also he called on the U.S. to make efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, saying that pursuing stability and talks, rather than unilateral sanctions and military pressure, will become fundamental solutions for heightened tensions.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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