President Park calls for full defense readiness, countermeasures against N. Korean threats

Sep 02, 2016, 01:38

23, which followed a series of recent tests and launches that the Council said was a "grave violation" of the Pyongyang's worldwide obligations and "in flagrant disregard" of repeated calls to halt such activity.

North Korea has loudly rejected a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement that condemned its recent launch of ballistic missile launches.

It urged all United Nations member states "to redouble their efforts" to implement sanctions against Pyongyang, including the toughest measures in two decades imposed by the council in March.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of instigating the statement and "abusing" the Security Council, to deter the country's "legitimate right to self-defense".

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North Korea has repeatedly brushed aside Security Council resolutions demanding an end to its nuclear and ballistic missile activities and has continued to launch missiles, escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and in the region.

Chung said the military had pushed to build a 4,000-tonne nuclear-powered submarine in 2003 under late President Roh Moo-hyun's government, asking the military to actively review the nuclear-powered submarine deployment along with the installation of a USA missile shield in South Korea.

Critics have said the THAAD system might be unable to defend South Korea if the North's submarines launch ballistic missiles from waters off the Korean Peninsula's southern coast, given that the system is created to shoot down North Korean missiles fired from the north. It flew 500 kilometers (around 300 miles) towards Japan, far exceeding the range of the North's previous sub-launched missiles.

The council's agreement on Friday's statement, just two days after the latest North Korean test, reflects growing anger and concern at the North's continuing defiance of the council, including by China.

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"I call on you to maintain a robust posture to retaliate.to make sure that any attempt by the North at engaging in any form of provocations will lead to the self-destruction of the North Korean regime", Park told government authorities on Monday.

Last month, 38 North reported that the North was building infrastructure to construct new submarines at the Sinpo South Shipyard.

"As we've said, North Korea continuously threatens provocations through official media, and unofficially there have been signs of threats, and the warning is a follow-up step to that", Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a news briefing.

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