North Korea Vowed To Accelerate The Nuclear Programme

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North Korea has vowed to redouble efforts to acquire nuclear weapons that can strike the US mainland, pledging that America would face the “greatest pain it ever experienced” after the UN imposed its toughest sanctions against the rogue nation.


The foreign ministry in Pyongyang on Wednesday derided the latest UN resolution as a “product of heinous provocation” that infringed on North Korea’s right to self-defense, adding that the country’s nuclear push was “absolutely right”. “The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security in the region by establishing the practical equilibrium with the US,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. The DPRK is North Korea’s official name that stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The statement of defiance came after Han Tae-song, the country’s ambassador to the UN, said in Geneva on Tuesday that Pyongyang was “ready to use a form of ultimate means”, warning the US that it would face the “greatest pain it ever experienced in history” for leading the UN move. North Korean state media also hit out on Wednesday at the recent agreement between Washington and Seoul to end the South’s 500kg limit on missile warheads — a deal likened by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper to “a ridiculous act of a mudfish trying to become a dragon in the sky”.





The UN sanctions — which include an embargo on textile exports, a halt to employing new North Korean workers overseas and a cap on refined petroleum trading that will cut oil imports 30 per cent — are aimed at depriving Pyongyang of more than $1.3bn in annual revenues and heightening pressure on Kim Jong Un’s regime to abandon its nuclear goals. The stringent sanctions, although watered down from stronger US proposals due to objections from China and Russia, were triggered by the North Korea’s latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, which Pyongyang claimed was an advanced hydrogen bomb.  Norsar and 38 North, two North Korea research groups, on Tuesday, upgraded their estimates of the recent nuclear test’s explosive yield to 200-300 kilotons and 250 kilotons respectively, implying that it was up to 30 times more powerful than the previous test. 38 North also cautioned that North Korea may be preparing for more tests, pointing to activity at the Mount Mantap site involving large vehicles and mining equipment. 

 


US president Donald Trump on Tuesday described the latest UN sanctions against North Korea as “a very small step”, adding that “those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen”. Mr. Trump will visit China in November amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula. The presidential Blue House said South Korea, Japan, and the US may hold a trilateral summit in New York on September 21 on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN General Assembly. South Korean officials met on Wednesday to discuss plans to implement the UN’s new sanctions after Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the country was considering “diverse” diplomatic measures aimed at heightening global pressure on Pyongyang. South Korea’s military said North Korea was still technically ready to conduct its seventh nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site. North Korea has conducted one nuclear and more than a dozen missile tests so far this year. Russia and China have called on the US to resume talks with North Korea, repeating that a suspension of joint military drills between the US and South Korea could kick-start diplomacy with Pyongyang.

 

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