North Korea calls latest United Nations sanctions 'an act of war'

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Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the resolution appropriately strengthened the sanctions but was not created to affect ordinary people, normal economic exchanges and cooperation, or humanitarian aid.

The hermit kingdom's foreign ministry threatened to punish those who supported the tough new measures, saying they are tantamount to a complete blockade.

In its 2018 forecast, South Korea's Unification Ministry said it believed the North would eventually find ways to blunt the effects of the sanctions, which seek to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers overseas.

Camera IconThis photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on December 23, 2017 and released on December 24, 2017 shows the 5th Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea Cell Chairpersons.

A foreign minister statement said Kim Jong-un's deterrence was the only way to deal with tensions with the US.

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North Korea slammed fresh United Nations sanctions imposed over its missile tests as an "act of war" on Sunday, its first response to the latest diplomatic move to punish Pyongyang's ever-accelerating weapons drive.

The ministry issued the projection on Tuesday in a report that assessed North Korea's state of affairs for this year and made forecasts for next year.

South Korea's foreign ministry said it is aware of the statement, highlighting its position that they are a "grave warning by the worldwide community that the region has no option but to immediately cease reckless provocations, and take the path of dialogue for denuclearisation and peace".

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan, and says its weapons are necessary to counter US aggression.

He added that North Korea will continue to develop its nuclear program "for self-defense purposes", in order to eradicate "the threats, blackmail and other hostile actions by the Americans".

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North Korea said those who voted for the sanctions would face its wrath.

North Korea on Sunday rejected the resolution, calling it an act of war.

Tension has been rising over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, which it pursues in defiance of years of resolutions.

US diplomats have made clear they are seeking a diplomatic solution but President Donald Trump has derided talks as useless and said Pyongyang must commit to giving up its nuclear weapons before any talks can begin.

Chinese state-run tabloid the Global Times said on Saturday the tougher resolution was aimed at preventing war.

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