URGENT ¥¥¥ US says North Korean threats 'not helpful'

The United States warned Friday that North Korea's decision to scrap peace pacts and threaten South Korea was "not helpful" and said Pyongyang should mend its ties with its neighbors.

"North Korea's threats are not helpful. We have consistently called on North Korea to improve its relations with its neighgbors, including South Korea, White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said, calling on Pyongyang to "seize the opportunity presented by a new government in Seoul, (and) not to threaten."