North Korea says new United Nations sanctions an act of war

North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war

The new punitive measures included in the United Nations resolution will significantly cut short refined petroleum exports to Pyongyang, put a lid on its crude oil imports, ask United Nations member states to repatriate DPRK nationals earning incomes overseas, and crack down on ships illegally transferring oil to or smuggling banned items from the country.

He added that North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear program "for self-defense purposes", in order to eradicate "the threats, blackmail and other hostile actions by the Americans".

The latest penalties seek to halt almost 90 percent of the country's refined petroleum imports and limit crude oil supplies to 4 million barrels a year.

The UN sanctions came in response to Pyongyang's 28 November firing of a ballistic missile, which the USA said was its highest yet.

North Korea has also argued that the nuclear weapon tests are a self-defensive deterrence, not in contradiction of global law.

Responding to the most recent sanctions, Trump said "The World wants Peace, not Death!"

The new sanctions also ban the export of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stones, wood and vessels from North Korea.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland. North Korea has now said those who voted for the sanctions would face Pyongyang's anger.

"We will further consolidate our self-defensive nuclear deterrence aimed at fundamentally eradicating the United States nuclear threats, blackmail and hostile moves by establishing the practical balance of force with the U.S.".

The Hermit Kingdom is already subject to a raft of sanctions from the United States, the United Nations and the EU.

"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, '" KCNA reported.

The resolution approved on Friday expresses concern that the foreign earnings from these workers are being used to support the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

These measures restricted oil imports and banned textile exports - an attempt to starve the North of fuel and income for its weapons programmes.

Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea and also called Kim Jong-un as "Little Rocket Man", while North Korea denounced Trump as a "mentally deranged US dotard".

In November, North Korea demanded a halt to what it called "brutal sanctions", saying a round imposed after its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 constituted genocide.

China, with which North Korea does some 90 percent of its trade, has repeatedly called for calm and restraint from all sides.

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