North Korea might use force in response to UN sanctions against the country for its recent nuclear test, a former South Korean president warned Saturday, calling for the world to engage rather than isolate the communist regime.
"North Korea is making preparations of how to counter economic sanctions and it could repel them with military force," Kim Dae-jung, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000 in the first-and-only summit between the Koreas, told The Associated Press in an interview.
The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month sanctioning Pyongyang for its Oct. 9 nuclear test.
"We cannot know for sure now how this kind of small conflict could escalate in the future," he said.
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