Officials said Japan and Australia plan to sanction North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank as part of U.S.-led efforts targeting Pyongyang’s funding for its nuclear programme.
China again called on all parties to show restraint. “At present, the situation on the Korean peninsula remains complex and sensitive,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Pyongyang’s aggressive rhetoric appears to mark a further attempt to boost the military credentials of Kim Jong-un, who took power in December 2011 after the death of his father, and has cemented the role of the military and the North’s nuclear weapons and missile ambitions with the nuclear test and two long-range rocket launches.
KCNA said on Tuesday that Kim had guided a landing operation by combined units including the North Korean navy.
“This is a mythmaking for the (military) commander,” said Jeung Young-tae, a senior analyst at the Korea Institute of National Unification in Seoul.
South Korea marked the third anniversary on Tuesday of the sinking of a navy ship that killed 46 sailors that it has blamed on the North. Pyongyang denies the charge.