The North Korean regime lashed out Monday at China for cooperating with the United States in its attempts to apply pressure against Kim Jong-un’s quest for a nuclear capability to threaten its enemies. The comments came after China allowed additional sanctions to go into effect via the U.N. Security Council, which targeted additional North Korean entities and officials.
“This ‘resolution’, which is said to have been drafted after a long ‘consultation’ between the US and China, places entities and individuals related with the DPRK’s nuclear and rocket program as a target of ‘additional sanctions’,”a spokesperson for the North Korean foreign ministry said, according to a dispatch by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reports International Business Times.
The North said it “will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces”.
“Two countries railroaded ‘sanctions resolution’ at the UNSC after having drafted it in the backroom at their own pleasure and are enforcing it upon others just paving it as ‘the general will of the international society’. It is a bare expression of a high-handed and arbitrary act in pursuit of their own interests trampling upon international justice,” the spokesman added.
“It is a fatal miscalculation if the countries, which have had a hand in the frame-up of the ‘sanctions resolution,’ would even think that they can delay or hold in check the eye-opening development of the DPRK’s nuclear forces even for a moment.”
North Korea has been conducting one missile launch a week in defiance of U.N. demands. They are also threatening another nuclear test. The United States Navy has moved three carrier groups into the region and the THAAD missile defense system is now live in South Korea.