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North Korea ‘fully rejects’ UNSC sanctions, vows to continue with nuclear, missile programs

5 June 2017 11:41

 

North Korea says it “fully rejects” the fresh wave of sanctions imposed on some of its companies and individuals by the United Nations Security Council, vowing to continue with its nuclear and missile programs without a delay.

“Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory,” said a spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement, which was carried by its official KCNA news agency on Sunday.

The North’s reaction comes two days after the UN Security Council, in response to a number of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang this year, applied a fresh array of sanctions on the Asian country, which included imposition of asset freeze and a global travel ban on 14 officials, including the head of North’s overseas espionage operations, and four entities purportedly linked to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

The imposition of sanctions “is a crafty hostile act with the purpose of putting a curb on the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]’s buildup of nuclear forces, disarming it and causing economic suffocation to it,” the statement further said.

Pyongyang has so far rejected all the UNSC resolutions against its nuclear and missile programs since 2006, when it carried out its first nuclear test, saying such provocative measures directly infringe its sovereign right to self-defense.

The UNSC has already slapped the North with six rounds of sanctions, but the White House and its allies are pushing for even tougher measures in an attempt to halt the increasing wave of missile tests by Pyongyang.

This undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on May 30, 2017 shows a test-fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photo by AFP)

 

In mid-May, the council had warned Pyongyang not to conduct any further missile tests, but all to no avail. In an act of defiance, the nuclear-armed North conducted several other missile tests with various ranges, including a ballistic one, in the second half of the last month.

The country has been making efforts to upgrade its weapon systems amid threats of military action against it by Washington. It has recently developed a long-range missile capable of striking the United States’ mainland and has in recent weeks tested its intermediate-range ballistic missile.

“It is a fatal miscalculation if the countries … would even think that they can delay or hold in check the eye-opening development of the (North’s) nuclear forces even for a moment,” the statement further said.

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