North Korea rejects UN resolution to impose sanctions
(Vatican Radio) North Korea on Saturday formally rejected a United Nations Security
Council resolution that imposes sanctions and demands – again -- that it halt its
nuclear-arms work. China's government called for calm.
North Korea's foreign
ministry lashed out at this week's sanctions, calling them "clear proof" that the
U.N. is doing the work of the United States. It said Washington aims to bring down
the Pyongyang government "by disarming and suffocating it economically."
Korea's ally China backed the sanctions, but its foreign minister on Saturday called
for calm. Yang Jiechi said sanctions are not a "fundamental" solution: what is needed,
he said, is "dialogue and consultations."
Observers say it is unclear what,
in the short-term, can relieve the tension. Military exercises are taking place right
now on both sides of border between North and South Korea, and some warn the North
might launch some kind of limited offensive, as it did three years ago, when it shelled
a South Korean island and allegedly sank a South Korean warship.
rise further on Monday, the day North Korea said it would rip up the armistice agreement
which 60 years ago called a halt to the Korean War.