Latest UN Sanctions Are An Act Of War, North Korea Says

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry said the United States was terrified by its nuclear force and was getting "more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country". The resolution issued last week was a rebuke to North Korea that prompted Pyongyang to declare that it would further upgrade its nuclear force.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously chose to adopt a resolution tightening sanctions - further cutting oil supplies and cracking down on what the USA sees as a North Korean slave labor market.

The document further restricts supplies of crude oil and oil products and insists all countries expel North Korean workers in a span of 24 months.

"It sends the unambiguous message to Pyongyang that further defiance will invite further punishment and isolation", Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the vote.

Tension has been high on the flashpoint peninsula as the isolated but nuclear-armed regime has staged a series of atomic and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests - most recently on November 29.

"In searching for the recognition of its status as a de facto nuclear-possessing state, (the North) would explore the possibility of negotiations with the U.S.".

"Today's resolution exemplifies the serious, collective will of the worldwide community that we will continue to put maximum pressure on North Korea until it shows seriousness and takes concrete actions toward the goal of denuclearization", Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said in his remarks following the vote.

"In previous speeches, Kim Jong Un has talked about the need for inter-Korean military dialogues", Delury said.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions targeting North Korea's economy following the launch of a ballistic missile last month that Kim Jong Un's regime said shows it can now target the entire continental U.S.

"China has made enormous efforts to push for settlement through dialogue and negotiations and has paid a price higher than all the other parties for the objective of implementing the council's resolutions", Deputy Ambassador Wu Haitao said.

The South Korean Defense Ministry is creating a new bureau dedicated to monitoring and countering the threat from North Korea, according to a government news release.

But the significance of mentioning of inter-Korean cooperation, especially with regards to both countries' armed forces, may be more political than military, Delury noted.

  • Jon Douglas