North Korea Raises Stakes Again, Calls Sanctions "Declaration Of War"



PYONGYANG – For the second straight day, North Korea has lashed out at its enemies, raising the stakes in the showdown over its nuclear program by warning Friday that new UN economic sanctions would amount to a "declaration of war."

The KCNA North Korean news agency, relayed a statement from Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland that stated: "Sanctions mean a war and a declaration of war against us," reports the BBC.

This latest threat to take “strong physical countermeasures” against South Korea follows Tuesday's decision by the United Nations Security Council to apply new sanctions against the North Korean regime if it carries out new tests of nuclear missiles, reports Xinhua.

This follows an official North Korean statement on Wednesday that qualified the US as its “sworn enemy,” and the eventual target of its nuclear missile program.

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Pyongyang's increasingly aggressive stance has begun to worry its only ally in the region, China. On Friday, an editorial of the State Communist party newspaper Global Times stated that Beijing could also wind up applying economic sanctions against North Korea too if they carry out their nuclear tests.

“If North Korea engages in further nuclear tests, China will not hesitate to reduce its assistance to North Korea,” states the Chinese Newspaper.

In the face of a still quite young North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the Global Times urged the regime to “stay calm.”

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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