A day after fresh UNSC sanctions were imposed on North Korea, the dissident country vowed to accelerate its weapons programme. Pyongyang called the sanctions ‘evil’ which bans it from exporting textile and cuts its oil supply by 30 per cent.
“The adoption of another illegal and evil ‘resolution on sanctions’ piloted by the U.S. served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official KCNA news agency.
“The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence,” the ministry added.
The fresh sanctions were imposed on Pyongyang after violated multiple international sanctions to conduct its sixth nuclear test, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.
The US-drafted resolution was passed unanimously on Monday, just one month after the Security Council decided to ban exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to Pyongyang’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range.
That launch was followed by a nuclear test on September 3, its largest to date, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.
Pyongyang lambasted the UNSC resolution, calling it a “heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right for self-defence and completely suffocating its state and people through full-scale economic blockade”.
The United States and its allies argued that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on the regime of Kim Jong-un to negotiate an end to its weapons programme.
The latest sanctions are the eighth series of sanctions imposed on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006. So far none of sanctions have deterred Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions.
(With inputs from PTI)