North Korea on Sunday rejected the latest UN sanctions in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the US mainland. North Korea threatening to further strengthen its “self-defensive” nuclear deterrence
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea including further restrictions on its imports of oil. The resolution was drafted by the United States and negotiated with the North’s closest ally, China.
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North Korea’s foreign ministry denounced the U.S. “for committing another state-sponsored terrorism as adoption of anti-DPRK”. In his statement he says:
Pyongyang, December 25 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) in a statement Monday denounced the U.S. for committing another state-sponsored terrorism as adoption of anti-DPRK “sanctions resolution” 2397 on Dec. 23 after threatening and appeasing the UNSC member nations for over 20 days, taken aback by the DPRK’s success in the test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-15.
The fabrication of another “sanctions resolution” proves once again that the brigandish U.S. imperialists are the sworn enemies of the Korean nation with whom we can no longer live together and principal enemies with whom we have to settle final accounts, the spokesman said, and went on:
Despite barbarous “sanctions resolutions” which the U.S. cooked up on nine occasions with the mobilization of every possible means and method, the DPRK kept to the path of nuclear possession for self-defence and finally realized the historic cause of completing the state nuclear force. It would be a great mistake to think that the 10th “sanctions resolution” would browbeaten the DPRK.
The U.S. should imagine what a catastrophic consequence it will face for whatever it takes against the world-level nuclear power DPRK – whether it is the sanctions resolution or military attack- before going wild.
It is common sense that escalating sanctions and pressure on the Korean peninsula, arsenal in Far East, would heat up the nuclear detonator.
The neighboring countries will be forced to make belated regret, if they harbor the foolish illusion that their support for the sanctions under the coercion of the U.S. would ensure security and pacify the surrounding situation and do not give up the despicable inner calculation of meeting their own selfish interests at the sacrifice of neighbor.
Explicitly speaking, our nuclear weapons are the ones of justice targeting the U.S. which has constantly threatened and blackmailed the DPRK with the tyrannical nuclear weapons, bringing dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over us. It is never the ones of threatening China, Russia, and countries in Europe and Africa.
Time has come for the whole world to see clearly whose nuclear weapons defend the peace and stability in Korean peninsula and the rest of Asia-Pacific- the nuclear weapons of the brigandish U.S., enemy common to humankind, or the nuclear weapons of Juche Korea, fortress of independence and justice.
No one can ever check the dynamic advance of the army and people of the DPRK toward further bolstering the state nuclear force under the uplifted great banner of simultaneous development of the two fronts, defying the sanctions and pressure racket.
The resolution adopted by the Security Council includes sharply lower limits on North Korea’s refined oil imports, the return home of all North Koreans working overseas within 24 months, and a crackdown on ships smuggling banned items including coal and oil to and from the country.
The Trump administration’s success in achieving the resolution won praise from the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin of Maryland. “That was a good move,” the senator said, “a major accomplishment.” Cardin 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. Cardin spoke on “Fox News Sunday.”
But the resolution doesn’t include even harsher measures sought by the Trump administration that would ban all oil imports and freeze international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.
The resolution drew criticism from Russia for the short time the Security Council nations had to consider the draft, and last-minute changes to the text. Two of those changes were extending the deadline for North Korean workers to return home from 12 months to 24 months—which Russia said was the minimum needed—and reducing the number of North Koreans being put on the UN sanctions blacklist from 19 to 15.
Source includes AP