North Korea foreign ministry on Wednesday said that Pyongyang will speed up its nuclear and missile development and “categorically” rejects Monday’s new United Security Security Council (UNSC) resolution against the country.
“The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing the practical equilibrium with the U.S.,” the report, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), read.
The ministry said the U.S. and other countries had “rigged up yet another ‘resolution on sanctions’ harsher than ever against the DPRK” in response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3.
Pyongyang has said the test was of a hydrogen bomb designed to be used on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
“The DPRK condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the UNSC “resolution 2375” on sanctions as a product of heinous provocation,” the foreign ministry report said, saying that it aims at “depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right for self-defense and completely suffocating its state and people through full-scale economic blockade.”
The ministry also that the adoption of another “illegal and evil” resolution provided the opportunity for the DPRK to “verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve.”
Washington’s “scheme” to hamper Pyongyang’s development and disarm the country through sanctions and pressures “has become clearly evident” through the passage of the new resolution, the North added.
North Korean ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song on Tuesday strongly condemned the passage by the UNSC of new sanctions against the country, speaking at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in Switzerland.
“The Washington regime is fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation… obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK’s development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase,” Han said.
The new UNSC sanctions target North Korea’s textile industry, apply caps on the transfer of refined petroleum products and natural gas to the country, and blacklist three major DPRK government bodies.
Ahead of the vote at the UNSC, North Korea’s foreign ministry said that any new sanctions would see the U.S. “pay due price.”
“In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful “resolution” on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays due price,” the statement said. “The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means.”
The North Korean foreign ministry said the world will see how it will “tame the U.S. gangsters by taking series of action tougher than they have ever envisaged.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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