N. Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire, citing sanctions and drills

SEOUL (AP) - North Korea is vowing to cancel the 1953 Korean War cease-fire because of sanctions and ongoing US-South Korean joint military drills.

North Korea's Korean People's Army Supreme Command made the statement on Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among UN Security Council members this week.

North Korea's latest nuclear test on Feb. 12 was its third. The US and others worry that North Korea is pushing closer toward its goal of having nuclear-armed missiles that can reach America.

Pyongyang says its nuclear programme is a response to US hostility. The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.