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NKorea warns UN to handle ship sinking impartially

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea urged the U.N. Security Council to impartially handle the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the secretive state, warning Wednesday ongoing tension over the incident could trigger nuclear war.

The threat came hours after the country’s U.N. ambassador told reporters at a rare news conference in New York that its military will respond if the world body questions or condemns North Korea over the sinking. Sin Son Ho repeated his regime’s position that it had nothing to do with the sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

"The U.N. Security Council must fulfill its responsibilities by bringing to light the truth of the incident impartially and objectively," the North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary Wednesday.

The paper said tension is running so high on the peninsula that any accidental incident could trigger an all-out conflict, even a nuclear war.

"Indeed, a very dangerous situation - in which a minor accidental incident could trigger an all-out war and develop into a nuclear war - is fostered on the Korean peninsula now," said the commentary, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

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