North Korea condemns latest UN sanctions

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North Korean ambassador to Cambodia Jang Yun Gon speaking to Khmer Times in an interview in late April this year. KT/Mai Vireak

North Korea on Wednesday condemned in the strongest terms the United States and United Nations Security Council over the latest round of sanctions on the hermit state after it launched its sixth intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on September 3 and also tested a nuclear bomb on September 9.

In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official name for North Korea, obtained to Khmer Times on Wednesday, it stated that the US and its allies pushed for yet another “resolution on sanctions” that are harsher than ever at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on September 12, condemning its ICBM test and nuclear test as “a threat” to international peace and security.

North Korea said the resolution was fabricated by the US which was employing all sorts of despicable and vicious means and methods against it. The DPRK condemned in the strongest terms and categorically rejected the UNSC’s resolution 2375 on sanctions as “a product of heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right for self defence and completely suffocating its state and people through full-scale economic blockade”, said the statement.

“The adoption of another illegal and evil ‘resolution on sanctions’ piloted by the US served as an occasion for the DPRK 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,” it added.

The statement also said that the US was trying to impede the DPRK’s development, disarm it through the unprecedented sanctions and pressure and conquer it with the help of nuclear weapons.

The DPRK added it will redouble its efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing a practical equilibrium with the US. 

On Tuesday, the government of Cambodia also expressed it regret and grave concern over the testing of ICBMs, which it said is a threat to the security and stability to the Korean Peninsula and the region and called on the DPRK to comply with the UNSC resolutions and its international obligations to cease nuclear and missile tests.

Mexico and Peru have expelled North Korean ambassadors from their countries in response to the tests.

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