North Korea says 'pipe dream' it will end nuclear weapons program

North Korea says 'pipe dream' it will end nuclear weapons program

The ministry said attention is being drawn to whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year address will include the direction of the North's policies regarding the South.

Last Friday, the UN Security Council adapted new and tougher sanctions against the small nation for its latest nuclear missile test which the North immediately called as an economic blockade and an act of war.

"If you think that those toothless "sanctions" could stop the victorious march of our people who have. achieved the historic goal of building the national nuclear weapons, there would not be a bigger mistake than that", the foreign ministry said.

The ministry said its nuclear weapons were a self-defensive deterrence not in contradiction of global law.

The North claimed last month that its ICBM could deliver a "super-large heavy (nuclear) warhead" to anywhere in the U.S. mainland.

Camera IconThis photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on December 23, 2017 and released on December 24, 2017 shows the 5th Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea Cell Chairpersons.

North Korea calls latest U.N. sanctions an ‘act of war’ talks up nuclear threat to U.S. mainland
North Korea calls latest U.N. sanctions an ‘act of war’ talks up nuclear threat to U.S. mainland

The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.

The security council resolution limits North Korea's access to refined petroleum and crude oil to 500,000 barrels a year.

On Tuesday, Beijing released customs data indicating China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, apparently going over and beyond United Nations sanctions.

"Countermeasures will be orchestrated to deal with the effects, including cuts in trade volume and foreign currency inflow, lack of supplies, and reduced production in each part of the economy", the report said.

The North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Monday saying that "peaceful space development is a legitimate right of a sovereign state". 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.

US diplomats have made clear they are seeking a diplomatic solution but proposed the new, tougher sanctions resolution to ratchet up pressure on North Korea's leader.

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