Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Business | By Tara Barton

North Korea: New UN Sanctions 'An Act Of War'

North Korea: New UN Sanctions 'An Act Of War'

It reiterated the DPRK's nuclear weapons are intended for self-defensive deterrence in order "to put an end to the hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the U.S".

The Unification Ministry says next year, North Korea is likely to explore the possibility of holding talks with the US while seeking recognition as a nuclear-weapons state.

All 15 nations on the UN Security Council voted on Friday for further sanctions to be placed on the hermit nation after it tested a ballistic missile last month which Pyongyang claims could reach the U.S. mainland.

The UN resolution seeks to ban almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and, in a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working overseas within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed.

"If the USA wishes to live safely, it must abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK and learn to co-exist with the country that has nuclear weapons and should wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons which we have developed and completed through all kinds of hardships", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

 

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The US State Department said Sunday it had no comment on North Korea's latest rhetoric, citing its past condemnations of the regime. The worldwide community has shown that it is united in its condemnation of North Korea's reckless behaviour.

 

Cardin, who spoke on "Fox News Sunday", said the stepped-up sanctions should be followed by diplomacy aimed at bringing the US and China together on a sustained effort to ease tensions in that region.

"Those countries that raised their hands in favour of this "sanctions resolution" shall be held completely responsible for all the consequences to be caused by the 'resolution" and we will make sure for ever and ever that they pay heavy price for what they have done, ' the foreign ministry added.

In reaction to North Korea missile tests and threats, the US has engaged in a major joint military exercise this month with the South Korean army that involved more than 12,000 personnel.

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