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Pyongyang Threatens Seoul Over UN Sanctions

The Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket launches at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in NOrth Korea's Pyongan Province.
North Korea has threatened "physical countermeasures" against the South for backing UN sanctions adopted earlier this week.

The sanctions were passed by the UN Security Council -- on which South Korea is currently sitting -- to punish the North for a long-range rocket test on December 12.

On January 24, Pyongyang announced it is planning a third nuclear weapons test and further rocket launches that "will target our sworn enemy, the United States."

An editorial in a Chinese state newspaper said Beijing will reduce aid to the North if it conducts another nuclear test.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that all parties should remain calm and that five-party talks -- involving China, Russia, the United States, and North and South Korea -- should resume immediately.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa