PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Koreas military warned Monday of imminent special actions that would reduce South Koreas conservative government to ashes within minutes, sharply escalating the rhetoric against its southern rival.
The threat from North Koreas military leadership comes amid concerns that North Korea may be plotting another provocation in the wake of an unsuccessful rocket launch condemned by the U.N. Security Council as a violation of a ban against missile activity.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned North Korea against further provocative measures, telling reporters in New York late Monday that such actions will not be desirable for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea characterized the April 13 rocket launch as a failed bid to send a satellite into space – not a disguised test of missile technology – but then followed up two days later by unveiling a new long-range missile at a military birthday parade for late President Kim Il Sung.
There are new concerns that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test as it did after rocket launches in 2006 and 2009.