North Korea issued a harsh threat to two of the countries behind the latest United Nations Security Council sanctions levied against the rogue nation in response to its recent nuclear test, vowing to sink Japan into the sea and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness.”
Pyongyang issued the bellicose warning via state media, where it declared that Japan “is no longer needed to exist,” Reuters reported.
“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” the statement read. “Japan is no longer needed to exist near us. Let’s reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness. Let’s vent our spite with mobilization of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now.”
“Juche” refers to the prevailing authoritarian ideology in North Korea that was established by Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong and the founding father of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The country also took aim at the 15-member Security Council, which it labeled “a tool of evil” comprised of “money-bribed” countries that act at the behest of the United States and called for the organization to be dismantled.
Following North Korea’s September 3 nuclear test – its sixth and most powerful by a large margin – the United States drafted a resolution and sanctions targeting the country’s textile exports and fuel supplies. The measure was passed unanimously.
A spokesman for the Japanese government condemned the North’s remarks as “completely unacceptable and egregious,” adding: “It is something that markedly heightens the regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable.”
China called on the United States and its partners to work swiftly toward a peaceful solution to prevent any more heightened rhetoric on the part of Pyongyang.
“We urge the relevant directly involved parties to seize the opportunity and have the political nerve to make the correct political choice as soon as possible,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing on Thursday.