North Korea warns UN meeting that South Korea risks 'final destruction'
South Korean protesters stage a rally demanding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear crisis near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)
Published Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:24PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:26PM EST
BERLIN -- Nuclear-armed North Korea has used a UN disarmament meeting to warn that South Korea risks "final destruction."
The comments Tuesday by a North Korean diplomat at the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament come a week after Pyongyang conducted a third nuclear test.
Several countries, including the United States, Britain and Germany, condemned the latest test at the meeting and urged North Korea to abide by UN resolutions barring it from testing nuclear weapons or missiles.
South Korea called the tests a flagrant violation of UN resolutions and a threat to the entire international community.
Upon which North Korea's representative declared that "South Korea's erratic behaviour would only herald its final destruction."
U.S. envoy Laura E. Kennedy tweeted later that the North's comments had been "offensive."