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        2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

      North Korea Threatens South with 'Final Destruction'


      Less than one week after testing a nuclear bomb, North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction," on Tuesday, saying the regime would react accordingly if allies of South Korea continue to push for U.N. sanctions to halt their nuclear program.

      Speaking at a U.N. disarmament conference in Geneva, North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong said that South Korea's "erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction," adding, "as the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger."

      The comments quickly drew criticism from the international community. 

      U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy called North Korea's threat profoundly disturbing and said the remarks were "offensive and unacceptable."