Govt vows to re­tal­i­ate against US over sanc­tions

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North Korea has vowed to re­tal­i­ate and make “the US pay a price” for draft­ing fresh UN sanc­tions over its banned nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

The sanc­tions, which were unan­i­mously passed by the UN on Sat­ur­day, were a “vi­o­lent vi­o­la­tion of our sovereignty,” the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency said.

Sep­a­rately, South Korea says the North has re­jected an of­fer to restart talks, dis­miss­ing it as in­sin­cere.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil de­ci­sion fol­lowed re­peated mis­sile tests by the North which have es­ca­lated ten­sions on the penin­sula.

In its first ma­jor re­sponse on Mon­day, North Korea in­sisted that it would con­tinue to de­velop its con­tro­ver­sial nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

The state-run KCNA news agency said Py­ongyang would “not put our self-de­fen­sive nu­clear de­ter­rent on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble” while it faces threats from the US.

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