The North Korean government today launched threats against the U.S. and South Korea during the UN conference on disarmament, a forum which is meeting this week in Geneva. Reuters reported that NKorea threatens 'final destruction' by saying, "As the saying goes a new born puppy knows no fear of a tiger," said North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong. "South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction," he added.
The comment left Spanish Ambassador Javier Gil Catalina shocked.
"In the 30 years of my career I've never heard anything like it and it seems to me that we are not speaking about something that is even admissible, we are speaking about a threat of the use of force that is prohibited by Article 2.4 of the United Nations charter," Catalina said.
Without explicitly mentioning the underground nuclear test conducted last week which was also preceded by engine combustion tests of its new long-range missile, the delegate said his country could take "a second and third step."
He also defended the right of his government to "take decisive steps in self-defense", which could described as strong countermeasures against an external enemy.
Speaking directly to the United States, the North Korean diplomat warned "If the US takes a hostile approach toward the DPRK to the last, rendering the situation complicated, it [North Korea] will be left with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps in succession," he said.
The remarks became a hot topic on the internet today after NKorea threatens 'final destruction' with the delegates words. Several Western diplomats strongly criticized the North Korean threat and said they should not allow UN member States to be threatened so obviously.
The Conference on Disarmament is the only multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations, but their work has suffered severe paralysis for over a decade by the unwillingness of countries to make real progress with its mandate.
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