September 13, 2017 9:13 am JST

North Korea says will fully reject new UN resolution on sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea said Wednesday it will fully reject a U.N. resolution on new sanctions, calling it a "product of heinous provocation."

The Foreign Ministry claimed the resolution against North Korea following its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3 was "fabricated" by the United States in an attempt to deprive it of its legitimate right for self-defense.

The adoption of the resolution "served as an occasion for (North Korea) to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over," the Korean Central News Agency quoted the ministry as saying.

North Korea's reaction came a day after the 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution toughening sanctions against it over what it has described as a successful test of a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The sanctions included the first restrictions on exports of crude oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea.

The ministry said in a "report" that North Korea will "redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence...by establishing the practical equilibrium with the United States," according to KCNA.

Those comments from the ministry suggest North Korea has no plans to halt its pursuit of a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the mainland United States, despite multiple U.N. sanctions and condemnations from the international community over its weapons program.

On Monday, the North Korean ministry issued a "statement" saying the United States would pay a "due price" and experience the "greatest pain and suffering" if additional sanctions were approved by the Security Council.

It was the first statement since July last year. The ministry frequently communicates North Korea's positions to the outside world via a spokesman or a report, but the issuing of a statement happens only in cases it deems extremely important.

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