North Korea warned Friday it will take “strong physical countermeasures” against South Korea if Seoul takes part in U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing Pyongyang for the rocket launch.

“Sanctions mean war and a declaration of war against us,” the Committee for Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency.

The threat comes a day after North Korea vowed Thursday to target the USA, its “sworn enemy”, with a nuclear test and further long-range missile tests, as Pyongyang continued to reject a United Nations Security Council resolution that expanded sanctions against the already highly isolated nation.

South Korea said Friday it will not tolerate North Korean provocations but will continue to push for dialogue with Pyongyang, a special envoy to President-elect Park Geun-hye said after the North’s top governing body declared it would continue atomic tests and rocket launches.

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