The rebellious nuclear-armed state, North Korea has vowed to retaliate against the United States for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.
Warning that it would make the US pay the price for its crime thousands of time, Pyongyang said that the sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on 5 August 2017, were a violent violation of its sovereignty. The country further stated that it would not put out their self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table while it faces threats from the US.
North Korean spokesman Bang Kwang Hyuk while speaking to the media at a regional forum in Manila, the capital of Philippines, said that the worsening situation on the Korean peninsula, as well as the nuclear issues, were being caused by the United States.
“We affirm that we'll never place our nuclear and ballistic missiles programme on the negotiating table and won't budge an inch on strengthening nuclear armament,” Hyuk said.
The UN has imposed sanctions on North Korea aiming to reduce its export revenues by a third in response to Pyongyang's long-range ballistic missile tests last month.
The new measures target North Korea's primary exports including coal, iron and seafood and attempt to cut off its additional revenue streams by targeting some of its banks and joint ventures with foreign companies.
South Korea in a separate statement said that the North has rejected its offer to restart talks, dismissing it as insincere.
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