N. Korea Threatens to Kill Korean War Ceasefire

As US-China proposal on new sanctions goes to UN today

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2013 7:00 AM CST | Updated Mar 5, 2013 7:56 AM CST

(Newser) – The US and China have settled on a new round of sanctions against North Korea, and Pyongyang is responding by ratcheting up its usual bluster, threatening to cancel the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean War if sanctions go forward and US-South Korean military drills that began March 1 continue. Specifically, the North is warning of "surgical strikes at any time" and a "precision nuclear striking tool" that will seek to "advance our long-cherished wish for national reunification," reports the AP. The US-China deal is aimed at punishing Pyongyang over February's nuclear test, in a joint deal that heads to the UN Security Council today.

In addition to new sanctions—whose specifics aren't yet known—the planned resolution enforces current ones, the Wall Street Journal reports. Right now, sanctions include a ban on ballistic missile and nuclear tests and a ban on the import of arms and luxury goods; some in the country face financial and travel restrictions, and the new measures could expand them. China was expected, however, to refuse an oil embargo, believing that such a blow to the North Korean economy could bring refugees to China. The sanctions deal is expected to be adopted this week, says a diplomat.

In this Feb. 16, 2013 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, and his wife Ri Sol Ju tour as they visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang,
In this Feb. 16, 2013 image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, and his wife Ri Sol Ju tour as they visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang,   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)
Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with officials in the fields of state security and foreign affairs at undisclosed location in North Korea.
Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with officials in the fields of state security and foreign affairs at undisclosed location in North Korea.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, File)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File)
Kim Jong Un attends a memorial service on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
Kim Jong Un attends a memorial service on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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We aim to launch surgical strikes at any time and any target without being bounded by the armistice accord and advance our long-cherished wish for national unification. - North Korean statement

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