North Korea: Japan ‘no longer needed to exist near us’


A North Korean state agency said Thursday that Pyongyang should use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and turn the United States into “ashes and darkness” as the country stepped up its threatening rhetoric in reaction to new United Nations sanctions over its nuclear program.

“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said in a statement published by the North’s KCNA news agency.

The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee is the North’s official propaganda arm and is also notionally responsible for managing ties with international partners. Juche is Pyongyang’s ruling ideology. It’s a mix Marxism and hyper-nationalism.

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