North Korea calls latest UN sanctions 'an act of war'

North Korea on Sunday rejected the latest sanctions imposed on it by the UN Security Council (UNSC) and reiterated its intention of further developing its nuclear deterrence programme.

The new sanctions were passed unanimously by the UN Security Council in response to North Korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile test.

The US-drafted resolution would also force all North Koreans working overseas to return within 24 months along with a ban on exports of North Korean goods. Two of those changes were extending the deadline for North Korean workers to return home from 12 months to 24 months - which Russian Federation said was the minimum needed - and reducing the number of North Koreans being put on the United Nations sanctions blacklist from 19 to 15.

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry said the United States was terrified by its nuclear force and was getting "more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country".

"We fully reject the latest United Nations sanctions.as a violent breach of our republic's sovereignty and an act of war that destroys the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and a wider region", Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency.

Pyongyang called on the US and its worldwide partners to "wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons" and learn to "co-exist with the country that has nuclear weapons".

It reiterated the DPRK's nuclear weapons are intended for self-defensive deterrence in order "to put an end to the hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the U.S.".

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The rogue state has warned that sanctions are hurting the North Korean people, a view echoed by certain American media outlets.

North Korea said those who voted for the sanctions would face Pyongyang's wrath. Make a one-time donation to support the quality, independent journalism of TheDCNF. The resolution envisages other restrictions that concern exports of industrial equipment, heavy machinery and transport vehicles to North Korea and imports of North Korean commodities.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declared the sanctions were a "vital step" towards curbing its nuclear weapons program.

Last month, North Korea said it successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, which was topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" and capable of striking the USA mainland.

It was North Korea's first official reaction to the sanctions, which target almost 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea.

"If we have to do it (militarily), we expect to make it the worst day in North Korea's life", he said, adding that if war comes, "every submarine he's got is to be sunk and every ship he's got is to be sunk", he said, referring to Kim Jong-un, the young North Korean leader who has threatened to use his nuclear weapons on the US.

A foreign minister statement said Kim Jong-un's deterrence was the only way to deal with tensions with the US.

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