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Friday, December 23, 2016, 09:50

DPRK denounces UN sanctions resolution

By Xinhua

DPRK denounces UN sanctions resolution
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 21, 2016 shows a firing contest among multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) batteries selected from large combined units of the KPA at an undisclosed location in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (KNS / KCNA / AFP)

PYONGYANG – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has again denounced a UN Security Council resolution passed in late November on sanctions to further curb its nuclear and missile programs.

The DPRK's legitimate self-defensive measure to defend its dignity and vital rights and protect genuine peace from the ever-more increasing nuclear war threat from the US is the legal right of a sovereign state

Department of Treaty and Law, Foreign Ministry, the DPRK

Neither UN sanctions nor independent sanctions can ever work on the DPRK, which has already become a nuclear and space power, the director of the Department of Treaty and Law of the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state media KCNA on Thursday.

The director denounced the newly adopted resolution, saying it "wantonly violates the sovereignty of the DPRK without any legality."

"The DPRK's legitimate self-defensive measure to defend its dignity and vital rights and protect genuine peace from the ever-more increasing nuclear war threat from the US is the legal right of a sovereign state," said the statement.

The DPRK has claimed that it has been developing nuclear capability and missile technology only to cope with the growing military threat from Washington and other hostile forces.

On Nov 30, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to tighten sanctions against the DPRK in response to the country's fifth and the largest nuclear test on Sept 9. But Pyongyang rejected the resolution, saying it was a "violation of the DPRK's sovereignty."

The council sets an upper limit on the DPRK's coal export, saying the total exports from the country cannot exceed US$400.9 million or 7.5 million metric tons per year, starting from Jan 1, 2017.

In addition, the Security Council has banned the sale of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and statues from the DPRK.

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