North Korea is barred under United Nations resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology but six sets of United Nations sanctions since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons. The sanctions could further choke North Korea's struggling economy by slashing its $3 billion annual export revenue by a third.
"Neither shall we flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by ourselves, unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the USA against the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated".
The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as US hostility against North Korea persists.
In a statement handed out by an official of the North's ARF delegation led by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho before leaving Manila early on Wednesday, Pyongyang reiterated that its pursuit of nuclear and ICBMs is a choice made out of self-defense and precious strategic assets against the threat from the U.S.
"The U.S. rigged up several "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK at the UN Security Council, thus disguising the issue as one between the DPRK and UN", the statement read.
Last month, North Korea tested two ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. All countries are now banned from importing North Korean coal, iron, lead and seafood products, and from letting in more North Korean laborers whose remittances help fund Kim Jong Un's regime.
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Analysts say that North Korea, already under numerous United Nations and other worldwide sanctions, will feel some pain from the new sanctions but is not likely to return to disarmament negotiations anytime soon because of them. Kang also said she "felt it was an occasion where North Korea acutely sensed its isolated diplomatic position". "So I think that would be the first and strongest signal they could send us is just stop, stop these missile launches", Tillerson, who is meeting with ASEAN leaders on a trip that also includes Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, told reporters.
North Korea also claimed "no other country in the world was more transparent" about the development of their nuclear weapons.
However both the United States and China are known to be actively preparing military options as communist North Korea threatens to abandon its hermit isolation and emerge as an unpredictable and uninvited member of the 9-member "Nuclear Club" of nations with arsenals of nuclear weapons.
"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke worldwide society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said he told North Korea's Ri.
The U.S. drafted the sanctions resolution and negotiated it with China following North Korea's unprecedented test of an ICBM in July and a follow-up test weeks later.
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