North Korea has vowed to increase its military strength and to boost its nuclear program in response to a new round of “evil” United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions.
North Korean Foreign Ministry called the sanctions an act of “heinous provocation” adding that the new economic restrictions strengthened the country’s desire to build nuclear weapons.
The ministry said in a statement that the resolution “served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right, and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over.”
“Since the scheme of the U.S. to impede the DPRK’s development, disarm it through the unprecedented sanctions and pressure, and conquer it with the help of nuclear weapons has become clearly evident, the DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing the practical equilibrium with the U.S.,” the ministry added.
The statement followed an announcement by Han Tae-song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, that the country was “ready to use a form of ultimate means,” saying the US would face the “greatest pain it ever experienced in history” for pushing the UNSC move.
Earlier this wee, the UNSC unanimously approved the new sanctions against North Korea banning its textile exports and capping its oil imports.