- SEOUL - North Korea mixed
military threats with diplomatic disdain on Wednesday, saying it was the
only country unfazed by September 11 yet vowing to annihilate US forces
if they attempt an Afghanistan-style assault.
- The ruling party daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in
a commentary that North Korean people "feel quite reassured"
and bolstered in their belief that only a strong military force can
the country's survival.
- "It is a foolish delusion for the US imperialists
to threaten and blackmail the DPRK and hurt it, taking advantage of the
'September 11 incident'," the commentary said, according to the
KCNA news agency.
- DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name --
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "This incident threw the
world into a catastrophic crisis and great confusion in overall
relations," the newspaper said. "It is only the DPRK that remains
unfazed, unaffected by it."
- Yet Rodong Sinmun combined that political serenity with
the latest in a fresh swipe at the United States, saying the US-led
against terrorism -- focused on Afghanistan -- suggested Washington had
the "wild ambition to seize the whole of Korea".
- The United States has 37,000 troops in the South to ward
off invasion from the North, which has a million men under arms. "If
the US imperialists try to test its logic of strength on the DPRK as they
are using it against some countries, they will be annihilated to the last
man," the newspaper said.
- On Tuesday, North Korea warned the United States it would
build up its military to counter what it said was US "strong-arm
against the communist state. North Korea frequently uses bluster, threats
and bluffs as a diplomatic tool to extract concessions from South Korea
or get the attention of the United States, analysts say.
- They say it is unlikely impoverished North Korea would
be able to boost military readiness much more. North Korea has sent some
positive signals amid the rhetoric. On Monday, it thanked the international
community for for food aid that has helped ease grave shortages since
- The News International, Pakistan
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