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North Korea vows to wage war in response to isolation attempts

MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea said Saturday it will respond with war to attempts by the United States and its allies to isolate the reclusive state, and that it will start enriching uranium and using plutonium for military purposes.

The UN Security Council on Friday toughened old sanctions against North Korea and imposed new ones following Pyongyang's unauthorized nuclear test May 25.

The fifteen Council members supported resolution 1874 which in particular expands the arms embargo and allows searches of the nation's ships on high seas, but does not authorize use of force.

Russia's envoy to the UN said after the Security Council session on Friday that Russia is satisfied with the decision and believes it is appropriate.

"The adopted resolution is, on the one hand, an appropriate response to the violation by North Korea of Security Council decisions and, on the other, a balanced step showing an approach to preserving peace and security in the region," Vitaly Churkin said.


North Korea may launch missile toward Hawaii in July

TOKYO, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile toward the U.S. state of Hawaii in early July, Japan's Yomiuri daily said on Thursday, citing Defense Ministry analysis and U.S. intelligence.

The paper said the Defense Ministry believes the launch is most likely to take place between July 4 and July 8. The ministry has declined to comment on the report.

The paper also said that the missile was likely to fly over Japan's Aomori Prefecture toward Hawaii, but would not be able to reach the main islands.

The missile, thought to be a long-range Taepodong-2, would be launched from the country's Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said Japan's best-selling newspaper.

North Korea tested a nuclear weapon on May 25, accusing the U.S. and South Korea of aggressive intentions. Pyongyang said on Wednesday that it would meet any attack with "one thousand-fold retaliation."

Following the underground test, the United Nations widened an arms embargo and authorized ship searches in an attempt to disrupt the communist state's nuclear and missile programs.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese leader Hu Jintao said after a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday that they were in favor of resuming six-nation talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem.

The six-nation talks, which involve North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and the United States opened in 2003, but stalled last November.


North Korea warns of 'thousand-fold' military retaliation

MOSCOW, June 17 (RIA Novosti) - North Korea warned on Wednesday of an overwhelming military strike against the United States and its allies if they provoke the country.

The statement, carried by the communist state's official news agency KCNA, came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the North's nuclear program a "grave threat", and said the new sanctions against Pyongyang would be strictly enforced.

"If the US and its followers infringe upon our republic's sovereignty even a bit, our military and people will launch a one hundred or one thousand-fold retaliation, with a merciless military strike," the agency said.

Obama's comments on Tuesday came after a meeting with South Korean leader Lee Myung-bak in Washington, at which the sides agreed to build a "strategic alliance" to "work together to achieve the complete and verifiable elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, as well as ballistic missile programs."

The presidents' meeting came amid North Korea's threats to strengthen its nuclear arsenal, in defiance of a UN Security Council resolution passed after its May 25 nuclear test.

Both presidents urged the North to change its confrontational stance.

"We urge North Korea not to make any unacceptable demands because we really do not know what will happen if they keep on this path," Lee told reporters after the talks.

The U.S. leader said: "there has been a pattern in the past where North Korea behaves in a belligerent fashion and, if it waits long enough, it is rewarded... I think that is the pattern they have come to expect. The message we are sending them is that we are going to break that pattern."