DPRK condemns new United Nations sanctions resolution as act of war

Saul Bowman
December 25, 2017

The foreign ministry in Pyongyang said: "We define this "sanctions resolution" rigged up by the USA and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region, and categorically reject the "resolution".

North Korea's Foreign Minister says countries that support imposing new sanctions on his country will "face the consequences".

As one way to heighten transparency on the sanctions imposed by China, reports would be submitted to USA officials from Chinese officials in charge of trade, customs and finance every few weeks or months regarding what China has implemented in relation to North Korea.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously passed the toughened sanctions, including further restrictions on its imports of oil.

A spokesperson for the DPRK's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the United States of getting more "frenzied" in imposing the harshest ever sanctions.

The UN on Saturday voted to toughen the sanctions on the isolated dictatorship, imposing a ban of almost 90% of refined petroleum exports to the country.

Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said earlier this month that North Korea was the "greatest immediate threat to the U.S".

The statement said that Pyongyang aims to further consolidate its nuclear deterrence aimed at eradicating USA nuclear threats and blackmail by establishing a balance of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on November 29 declared the nuclear force complete after the test of North Korea's largest-ever ICBM test, which the country said puts all of the United States within range.

North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In a tweet, the 71-year-old said: "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favour of additional Sanctions on North Korea".

Tension has been rising over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of years of resolutions.

The third raft of sanctions imposed on the North this year, sparked by last month's ICBM test, also received the backing of China - the North's sole major ally and economic lifeline. A ban on exports of North Korean goods such as machinery and electrical equipment is also proposed.

Widely read Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Saturday that the tougher resolution was aimed at preventing war, and noted the U.S. had compromised with no indication the United Nations could grant the United States permission for military action.

South Korea's foreign ministry said it is aware of the statement, highlighting its position that they are a "grave warning by the global community that the region has no option but to immediately cease reckless provocations, and take the path of dialogue for denuclearisation and peace". Each time, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the focus is on finding a diplomatic solution with the help of China, Russia and others. He said no one wants this to spiral out of control, and he's urging the U.S.to scale back military exercises to pave the way for talks.

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