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NORTH Korea threatened yesterday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the country would launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Off China's coast, a US destroyer reportedly was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of UN sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, said South Korean and US officials.

The new UN Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and yesterday accused the US of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

"If the US imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953.

The US has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect against an outbreak of hostilities. Tensions have been high since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in April and then conducted its second underground atomic test on May 25.

Reacting to UN condemnation of that test, North Korea walked away from nuclear disarmament talks and warned it would fire a long-range missile.

North Korea has banned ships from the waters off its east coast from today to July 10 for military exercises.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported yesterday that the North may fire a Scud missile with a range of up to 500 kilometers or a short-range ground-to-ship missile with a range of 160 kilometers during the no-sail period.


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