North Korea: Sanctions will only speed up weapons program – After the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on North Korea spearheaded by the United States, North Korea reacted on Wednesday September 13, 2017, saying they promised to boost weapons program, to respond to “evil” sanctions, as quoted from Channel News Asia on 13 September 2017.
As reported earlier, trials of hydrogen bombs and sixth inter-continental ballistic missiles by North Korea, have provoked strong reaction from some countries.
The entire United Nations board of representatives of 15 council members rounded up the decision by imposing sanctions on North Korea.
The sanctions were passed after the United States softened by reducing some of the sanctions contained in the initial proposal, to gain the support of Russia and China, they have veto in the UN security council, a month earlier North Korea had sanctioned, ban on export of coal, lead and seafood over the test try launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Responding to this, Pyongyang through its Foreign Ministry responded that “the sanctions imposed are quite a tough policy by blocking North Korea’s economy to the maximum, and can strangle the people and the country of North Korea”.
It goes on to say that “these sanctions are the result of suggestions and encouragement from the United States, a malicious and illegal resolution,” he was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.
According to the foreign ministry, “North Korea will step up efforts to strengthen and protect sovereignty and state rights”.
The South Korean Air Force said, “Seoul performed his first live-fire exercise using a taurus long-range missile in response to North Korea’s nuclear test”
Added, “German air weapons can strike with precision at North Korea’s main facility, even if launched from the central part of the South”.
The United States and its allies agreed that more stringent sanctions could put pressure on North Korea to negotiate to end its nuclear weapons program.
US President Donald Trump said that the sanctions imposed were a small step, not a big deal, “there should be a further step to sanction heavy sanctions”.