North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an 'act of war'

North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an 'act of war'

North Korea says United Nations sanctions are an 'act of war'

It commits the council to "take action to restrict further the export (to the country) of petroleum".

"North Korea is forecast to maximise efforts to endure (the impact of sanctions) by tightening social control and mobilising its people for building the economy", the ministry said.

Last week, AFP quoted United Nations officials as saying the US and China were working on a joint draft resolution concerning oil product supplies to North Korea, which should cripple its missile program.

The sanctions also order the repatriation of North Korean workers sent overseas to earn much needed revenue for Kim Jong-Un's regime.

"Unity is not only important in favor of sanctions, but unity is also important to support a political settlement", he said.

"North Korea is ruled as a ruthless dictatorship without regard for human dignity", the document states.

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"China has made enormous efforts to push for settlement through dialogue and negotiations and has paid a price higher than all the other parties for the goal of implementing the council's resolutions", Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao said.

The Express also quoted the spokesman as saying: "As the USA set its diplomatic and security policy at crushing us militarily and is publicly aiming a sword at us, we will make the United States bitterly regret its strategy with our cannons".

China bought goods worth $100.18 million in the last month, up from $90.75 million in October but lower compared to $262.2 million a year ago. There was no immediate reaction from the White House or North Korea to the South Korean prediction.

North Korea on Sunday rejected the resolution, calling it an act of war.

Ambassador Park Chull-joo, participating as an observer since South Korea is not now a member of the Security Council, said, "However narrow and bumpy it may be, the road toward peaceful denuclearization through dialogue is still open and available". The threat from Pyongyang has come under increased focus in 2017, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over significant advancements in the country's long-range missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The worldwide society should remain vigilant against the maneuvers of the gang of Trump to invade and control (North Korea) by igniting a nuclear war at any cost in the Korean peninsula and clearly see through the ulterior motive behind its repeated talk of dialogue, created to cover up its evil intention and mock the world", The Express quoted a North Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying Friday.

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