The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution on Monday, banning North Korea’s textile exports and capping its oil imports following Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
In response, Pyongyang promised to accelerate its weapons program.
“The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing a practical equilibrium with the US,” a statement from North Korean Foreign Ministry said, as cited by KCNA news agency.
North Korea dubbed the UN resolution “illegal and evil”, saying that it was clearly “piloted” and “fabricated” by the United States.
The resolution is “a product of heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right to self-defense and completely suffocating its state and people through a full-scale economic blockade,” the statement went on.
According to the ministry, the resolution “served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right, and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over.”