10/11/2006

N Korea sanctions a 'declaration of war' | News | The Australian

N Korea sanctions a 'declaration of war'
Reuters, AFP
October 11, 2006
A NORTH Korean official said today that any full-scale sanctions imposed to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test would be a "declaration of war".

"If any full-scale sanctions are imposed, we will regard them as a declaration of war," the unidentified official in Beijing told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

He said such full-scale sanctions would include a sea blockade.

"The harder the pressure will be, the stronger will be the level of our response," the official was quoted as saying.

Earlier, the US Geological Survey said it had detected a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast off northern Japan and a US official said the tremor appeared to be the source of speculation that North Korea had tested another nuclear device.

The USGS said the quake at 9.58am Japan time (0958 AEST), was about 320km northeast of Tokyo, off the northeast coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, at a depth of 30km.

The earthquake appears to have triggered speculation that North Korea held a second nuclear test, which neither Japan nor the US could confirm.

A senior Bush administration official, responding to a reporter's query about a possible second nuclear weapons test in North Korea, said it was a false report.

"I've just been told it was a false alarm, an earthquake," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

North Korea announced it had conducted an underground nuclear test on Monday triggering global condemnation. The possibility of a second North Korean nuclear test was first aired by Japanese national broadcaster NHK.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said earlier this morning that the federal Government had grave concerns North Korea would conduct another nuclear test.

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