North Korea condemns UN sanctions, says no nuclear negotiations

North Korea condemns UN sanctions, says no nuclear negotiations

Following sanction imposed on North Korea by the United Nations in response to its weapons programmes, the North Koreans responded saying they would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the United States.

Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency that the sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty.”

“We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

The United Nations Security Council at the weekend passed a new set of sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons programmes which include bans on the export of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood from the impoverished state.

The measures were approved unanimously which included China, and Russia.

North Korea’s nuclear-arms as well as the two successful ICBM tests last month, has sparked global alarm over its rapidly advancing weapons capability.

Pyongyang threatened to make the US — which drafted the latest sanctions package — “pay the price for its crime… thousands of times”.

“If the US… believes that it would remain safe because its mainland is an ocean away from us, nothing would be a bigger misjudgment than that,” it said.

Other nations that “collaborated with the US” to support the resolution would also be “held accountable”, it added.

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