North Korea scraps armistice after UN vote to tighten sanctions

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North Korea carried out its threat to scrap the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War and cancel a cross-border hotline after the UN Security Council unanimously approved tougher sanctions over a forbidden nuclear test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected front-line troops and said the military is ready for “all-out war,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported today. The government closed a liaison channel with the U.S. and South Korea at the world’s most heavily fortified border.

“It will be long journey” to remove North Korea’s nuclear threat, China’s UN Ambassador, Li Baodong, said after the council vote. The top priority for the international community now is to defuse tensions, “bring down the heat” and focus on a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, he said. China is North Korea’s closest ally and biggest trading partner.

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