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New UN Sanctions Are An 'Act Of War', Says North Korea, Warning Voter Nations

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| December 24 , 2017 , 14:43 IST

North Korea and the US have been exchanging veiled threats following the unrestrained nuclear tests conducted by Pyongyang and North Korea has called US actions as 'Acts of War' in the past. Now, North Korea has also termed the latest stringent sanctions placed by the UN Security Council as an Act of War, warning of retribution to those nations voting in favour of the resolution.

In a statement by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry said that the new resolution is tantamount to a complete economic blockade.

"We define this 'sanctions resolution' rigged up by the U.S. and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our Republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region and categorically reject the 'resolution'," the statement said.

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"Those countries that raised their hands in favour of this 'sanctions resolution' shall be held completely responsible for all the consequences to be caused by the 'resolution' and we will make sure for ever and ever that they pay heavy price for what they have done," the statement continued.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons are a self-defensive deterrence not in contradiction of international law," it added.

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

"The U.S. should not forget even a second the entity of the DPRK which rapidly emerged as a strategic state capable of posing a substantial nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland," said the statement, using North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday over its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to crude oil and refined petroleum products as well as its earnings from workers abroad.