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J. Krishna Moorthi:

The latest UN sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure.The UN security council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earning from workers abroad.

The UN resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 5,00,000 barrels a year end, in a last-minute change, demands the repatriation of North Koreans working aboard within 24 months, instead of 12 months as first proposed. The UN-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at four million barrels a yes and commits the Council to further reductions if it were to conduct another nuclear test or launch another ICBM. In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the US was terrified by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the move to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country.” The new sanction was tantamount to complete economic blockade of North Korea, the Ministry said.

“We define this ‘sanctions resolution’ rigged up by the U.S. and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our Republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region and categorically reject the ‘resolution’  it said. North Korea also said those who voted for the sanctions would face its wrath. “Those countries that raised their hands in favor of this ‘sanctions resolution’ shall be held completely responsible for all the consequences to be caused by the ‘resolution’ and we will make sure for ever that they pay a heavy price for what they have done.”

 


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