|The Democratic People's Republicof Korea (DPRK) warned Monday that any attempt by the United States to refer the nuclear issue to the UN Security Council could result in war.
"Sanctions mean a war. If the United States applies more sanctions to the DPRK by putting the UN in motion, the DPRK will promptly and resolutely react to it with self-defensive war deterrent force," said the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a commentary.
"This reveals the US's attempt to shift the blame for the delayof the resumption of the six-party talks on to the DPRK, and its true intention to settle the nuclear issue by strength, not through dialogue," said the KCNA.
The KCNA commentary pinpointed recent remarks by US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage that his country could hand the nuclear issues to the UN Security Council, if Pyongyang rejects the resumption of the six-party talks.
"The DPRK's stand to seek a negotiated settlement of the nuclear issue remains unchanged. The DPRK set it as its general goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula," the commentary said.
"However, the United States refused to give reward for the DPRKnuclear freeze, consistently asserting that the DPRK must accept the CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement)," it added.
"The nuclear issue can be solved only when the DPRK and the United States discuss the issue from an equal stand of respecting and trusting each other," it concluded.