North Korea vows to boost weapons programme after sanctions

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 10:31 hrs
Newspapers with pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addressing the ruling Workers' Party congress are placed inside one of halls of the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang

Pyongyang: North Korea on Wendesday vowed to accelerate its weapons programme in response to the "evil" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council after its latest and most powerful test.

"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," the North's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official KCNA news agency.

"The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence," the ministry said.

The fresh sanctions include a ban on the North's textile exports and restrict shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth nuclear test.

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