North Korea has slammed a US proposal of the naval blockade and said that the imposing a maritime blockade will be an “extremely dangerous and big step towards the nuclear war.”
The statement spread by North Korea’s KCNA news agency, came amid another escalation on the Korean Peninsula that took place following the recent missile launch by North Korea in late November.
It added the possible naval blockade would be a “violation of its sovereignty and dignity” and that it would take “merciless self-defense measures” against the blockade, which it sees as an act of war.
Meanwhile, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson said that “the international community must take additional measures to enhance maritime security, including the right to interdict maritime traffic transporting goods to and from” North Korea. These measures may include a naval blockade.