North Korea on Thursday called new U.S. sanctions a "declaration of war," one day after the State Department for the first time named leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses. The reaction was announced by the Korean Central News Agency, according ...
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NewslookNorth Korea on Thursday called new U.S. sanctions a "declaration of war," one day after the State Department for the first time namedÂ leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses.The reaction wasÂ announcedÂ by the Korean Central News Agency, according to Reuters. ItÂ was at least the fourth time this year that the recluse nation, which has nuclear weapons,Â used such language after actions by the United States or South Korea.The latestÂ comment came after the State Department imposed sanctions Wednesday on Kim and 22 other North Korean officialsÂ and entities over human rights violations that include systematic torture, forced labor, extrajudicial killings and rape. The officials were also accused of tracking down and killing defectors whoÂ fled the country.Many of the abuses wereÂ committed inÂ political prison camps, which hold 80,000 toÂ 120,000 prisoners and family members, according to the State DepartmentÂ report. North Korea also maintains a system of forced laborÂ and restricts freedomÂ of expression,Â religionÂ and movement, the State Department said.The U.S. sanctions freeze assets and restrict companies and individuals with Kim and those named in the report.In April, North Korea calledÂ U.S.-South Korean military drills "an open declaration of war." A similar phrase was used inÂ late February, when the U.S. and South Korea were preparing for those drills. North Korea at that time warned it could reduce U.S. military installations in the PacificÂ to ashes, and said, "Let's turn Seoul and Washington into a sea of fire."The Korean news agency used the phrase again in mid-February, when South Korea pulled out of the Kaesong industrial plant run jointly by the North and South toÂ protest a North Korean missile launch.North KoreaÂ conducted its fourth nuclear weapons test in January, and used a long-range ballistic missile to put a satellite into orbit in February. The two tests drewÂ condemnation byÂ the United Nations Security Council, which called on North Korea to suspend all nuclear and missile tests.Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/29l3khH
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