North Korea Threatens to Nullify 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korean War

by Colonel on March 6, 2013

North Korea has threatened to cancel the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean War, citing a US-led push for punishing UN sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing US-South Korean joint military drills.

The threat came on Tuesday as the United States, with Chinese backing, introduced a draft UN resolution to punish North Korea for its nuclear test on February 12.

Under the new agreement North Korea would face some of the toughest sanctions aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and preventing their export to other countries.

The UN resolution, worked out by US Ambassador Susan Rice and China’s UN Ambassador Li Baodong over the last three weeks, reflects the growing anger of the UN’s most powerful body at North Korea’s defiance of three previous sanctions demanding a halt to all nuclear and missile tests.

” — Copyright 2013 Al Jazeera

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