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North Korea denounces UN Security Council sanctions resolution

[JURIST] North Korea (DPRK) Sunday condemned a UN Security Council resolution [text; JURIST report] passed unanimously Saturday imposing sanctions on the country and demanding that it stop controversial missile tests [JURIST news archive]. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [media website] reported an unnamed DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that North Korea "vehemently denounces and roundly refutes the UN 'resolution.'" The unidentified spokesman also noted that North Korea will continue to "bolster its war deterrent for self-defense in every way by all means and methods...due to the extremely hostile act of the US." The US has denied that it has any offensive intention toward North Korea.

The comments echo statements made Saturday in New York by the DPRK's ambassador to the UN, who said that the tests were "a legitimate right of a sovereign State" that in that respect North Korea "was neither bound to any international law, nor to bilateral or multilateral agreements." Reuters has more.

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