North Korea threatens to abandon 1953 truce

Seoul, Mar 5 (EFE).- North Korea threatened Tuesday to annul the cease-fire accord that put an end to the 1950-1953 Korean War and gave as its reason the steps being taken by the United States to impose new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

On Feb. 12 the North Korean regime carried out its third underground nuclear test, which sparked the condemnation of the international community and probably means the application of new sanctions by the U.N. Security Council, which meets on Tuesday.

The North Korean outburst comes at a time when South Korean and U.S. media say that Washington and Beijing, a traditional ally of Pyongyang, have reached an agreement on a draft proposal that contemplates these new sanctions.

With Tuesday's threat, the Communist regime steps up its rhetoric of aggression against Seoul and Washington.

After the nuclear test in February, Pyongyang was already threatening South Korea with "total destruction" if Seoul goes ahead with its annual joint military maneuvers with the United States, set for March 1-April 30.

"When the military maneuvers (of Seoul and Washington) reach their height after March 11, the armistice of the Korean War will be over," the North Korean military said in a statement.

The United States, which led the U.N. coalition during the Korean War, still has some 28,500 troops in South Korea.