Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Reiterates Threat on Sanctions U.N. Might Look at Issue as Early as Today

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.N. Reiterates Threat on Sanctions U.N. Might Look at Issue as Early as Today

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Faced with the prospect of U.N. sanctions for refusing to allow full nuclear inspections, North Korea warned again Monday that sanctions would mean war.

In Vienna, Austria, governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, met to discuss stalled efforts to get North Korea to open its secretive nuclear program.

But with the United Nations expected to begin studying the possibility of sanctions as early as today, chances appeared slim that the North would relent and allow full inspections as required by international treaty.

A senior South Korean official said China was not expected to block a sanctions resolution in the U.N. Security Council.

"Sanctions mean outright war," said a statement issued by the Committee for Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland, North Korea's chief organization overseeing inter-Korean affairs.

"If the South Korean puppet hopes that it would be safe while opening the forum of sanctions, it is a big miscalculation. …

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