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Tensions Rise Between U.S. and North Korea

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WASHINGTON D.C. -

U.S.  lawmakers and U-N diplomats are looking for ways to punish North Korea after its latest nuclear test. While North Korea is ratcheting up its rhetoric against the U.S. 

 North Korea is threatening to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War. North Korea says it is fighting back against UN sanctions that have hit the rogue nation as punishment for its nuclear weapons tests. The UN Security council met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss more sanctions in response to an underground nuclear test North Korea conducted last month. Diplomats say North Korea's most powerful ally, China supports new sanctions. In Washington, lawmakers are weighing additional steps the U.S. government can take to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program. At a House hearing Tuesday morning lawmakers looked to build a case for new financial restrictions - as they examined how criminal activity such drug trafficking and counterfeiting helps North Korea fund its weapons program.

North Korea and the U.S. are still technically at war because the 1953 agreement is a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.