North Korea on Sunday described the new sanctions voted by the UN Security Council as an “act of war”, reaffirming that they would not deter it from carrying out its nuclear and ballistic programs.
“We totally reject the latest UN sanctions (…) as a violent attack on the sovereignty of our republic and an act of war that destroys the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Sunday by the official agency KCNA.
The UN Security Council on Friday cracked down on North Korea by unanimously voting on a US resolution, targeting oil and North Korean workers overseas.
The North Korean regime has considerably accelerated in the last two years its development of banned programs, notably its nuclear and ballistic projects.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un proclaimed on November 29 that his country had become a full-fledged nuclear state after successfully testing a new type of missile that he believed could strike anywhere in the United States.
This is the ninth string of particularly tough UN sanctions against Pyongyang. The last three were adopted this year at the instigation of the United States after missile tests and a nuclear test conducted by North Korea.
Washington tabled a draft resolution Thursday after talks with China, Pyongyang’s ally, following the Hwasong-15 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) test on November 29.
Describing North Korea as “the most tragic example of evil in the modern world,” US ambassador Nikki Haley said the new sanctions “reflect international outrage at the actions of Kim Jong’s regime.
North Korea justifies the continuation of these military programs banned by the United Nations by the threat posed by the United States.
Friday’s resolution is aimed at North Korean expatriates, all of whom should be sent home by the end of 2019. The project initially had a deadline of 12 months, but Russia intervened to extend the deadline.
Tens of thousands of North Koreans have been scattered abroad, mainly to Russia and China, to work and generate valuable foreign currency for their country of origin. According to the UN, they work in “conditions close to slavery”.
Above all, however, the text adds to the provisions of previous resolutions, in particular by further reducing deliveries to North Korea of crude and refined oil, most of which comes from China.
And if Pyongyang conducts new nuclear tests or fires new missiles, the Council “will act to further reduce oil exports to North Korea,” warns the resolution.
However, sanctions and threats have not deterred Pyongyang in his quest for the atomic weapon.
North Korea said Sunday that it would continue its programs with “more vigor” to “achieve a balance of power with the United States,” says the North Korean foreign Minister.
If you believe that these harmless sanctions can stop the victorious march of our people that has achieved the historic goal of developing nuclear weapons, you can not make a bigger mistake
“The United States and the puppets that follow them must not forget the improved status of our nation, which is a nation that can pose a real nuclear threat to the continental United States,” he said.
Experts agree that Pyongyang’s military programs have made real progress. But they doubt that Pyongyang has really mastered the technology needed to bring a missile back into the atmosphere.