North Korea ripped the latest round of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear weapons program as an “act of war” and vowed the countries that voted to approve the penalties will “pay a heavy price,” according to a report on Saturday.
“We define this ‘sanctions resolution’ rigged up by the U.S. 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,’ ” the regime’s foreign ministry said in a statement delivered on state-run media.
“There is no more fatal blunder than the miscalculation that the U.S. and its followers could check by already worn-out ‘sanctions’ the victorious advance of our people who have brilliantly accomplished the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force,” the statement said.
The 15-members of the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on President Kim Jong-un’s government that severely restricts its access to petroleum products and calls for the return of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months.
Pyongyang said those voting for the sanctions will face its wrath.
“Those countries that raised their hands in favor of this ‘sanctions resolution’ shall be held completely responsible for all the consequences to be caused by the ‘resolution’ and we will make sure for ever and ever that they pay heavy price for what they have done,” the ministry said in the statement.
Kim’s regime said its weapons program was meant for self-defense but wouldn’t hesitate to attack the US if forced.
“We will further consolidate our self-defensive nuclear deterrence aimed at fundamentally eradicating the U.S. nuclear threats, blackmail and hostile moves by establishing the practical balance of force with the U.S,” the statement said.
“The U.S. should not forget even a second the entity of the DPRK which rapidly emerged as a strategic state capable of posing a substantial nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland,” it added, using the country’s official name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In November, Kim announced that his government succeeded in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could strike “all the US mainland.”
President Trump praised the new sanctions in a tweet on Friday.
“The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!” he wrote.