North Korea vows to boost weapons pro­grammes after ‘evil’ UN sanc­tion­slims

The Miracle - - Special - Source: dawn.com

The re­spected 38 North web­site in the US raised its es­ti­mate for the yield from the ex­plo­sion, which Py­ongyang says was a hy­dro­gen bomb small enough to fit onto a mis­sile, to around 250 kilo­tons more than 16 times the size of the de­vice that dev­as­tated Hiroshima in 1945.The det­o­na­tion, Py­ongyang’s sixth nu­clear blast, prompted global con­dem­na­tion and came after it car­ried out two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches in July that ap­peared to bring much of the US into range. The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously im­posed the eighth set of sanc­tions on the North on Mon­day, ban­ning it from trad­ing in tex­tiles and re­strict­ing its oil im­ports, which US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said was a pre­lude to stronger mea­sures.The res­o­lu­tion, passed after Wash­ing­ton toned down its orig­i­nal pro­pos­als to se­cure back­ing from China and Rus­sia, came just one month af- ter the coun­cil banned ex­ports of coal, lead and seafood in re­sponse to the ICBM launch. The North’s for­eign min­istry con­demned the new mea­sures “in the strong­est terms”, call­ing them a “fullscale eco­nomic block­ade” driven by the US and aimed at “suf­fo­cat­ing” its state and peo­ple.It was “an­other il­le­gal and evil ‘res­o­lu­tion on sanc­tions’ pi­loted by the US”, it said in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency. “The DPRK [Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea] will re­dou­ble the ef­forts to in­crease its strength to safe­guard the coun­try’s sovereignty and right to ex­is­tence,” the min­istry said, us­ing the ab­bre­vi­a­tion for the North’s of­fi­cial name. But the South’s uni­fi­ca­tion min­istry de­scribed the state­ment as “the most low-key form of re­sponse from North Korea to UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions”.

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