North Korea slams United Nations sanctions, vows to go ahead with missile programme

Seoul: North Korea on Sunday slammed the latest United Nations sanctions as "mean" and vowed to press ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a United States-drafted resolution imposing new targeted sanctions on a handful of North Korean officials and entities, in response to a series of ballistic missile tests this year that are banned under United Nations resolutions.

The resolution put North Korea's suspected spy chief, 13 other Pyongyang officials and four entities on a sanctions blacklist, hitting them with a global travel ban and an assets freeze.

The North's foreign ministry "condemns and outrightly rejects the sanctions racket put forth by the United States and the United Nations Security Council to prevent the strengthening of our nuclear deterrence", a ministry spokesman said.

"(Washington) talked about the possibility of dialogue but it is nonsense to mention dialogue while laying out unfair preconditions and applying maximum pressure," the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The statement said the latest resolution was said to have been put together by the United States and China in the "backroom".

It was Washington's "ultimate double standard" to ban other countries from nuclear or missile tests amid its own attempts to modernise the United States arsenal.

The United States military said last Tuesday that it "successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target" in a test conducted amid concerns over the North's weapons program.

Concern over the North's weapons programme intensified after North Korea test-fired yet another ballistic missile last week, the latest in a series of launches in its quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the United States.

It was the third missile test by the nuclear-armed regime in less than three weeks.

The North says it needs nuclear weapons to forestall the threat of United States attack.

It was "a fatal miscalculation" for the countries behind the sanctions resolution to think they could delay the North's nuclear forces, the statement said.

"They would squarely see that their mean and indiscreet act would go in just opposite direction to what they want for."

Updated Date: Jun 04, 2017 17:44 PM

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