North Korea stays defiant in face of fresh UN sanctions
The Kim Jong Un-run administration has refused to put its nuclear program on the negotiating table. Photograph: (AFP)
North Korea has slammed the latest round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations saying it would not put its nuclear weapons program on the negotiating table.
"We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table" while it faced threats from Washington, it said, "and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might", AFP reported.
Pyongyang termed the UN sanctions as a "violent violation of our sovereignty", reported the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).
The US-drafted resolution was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council. The sanctions aim to severely crimp North Korea's exports.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said that the sanctions have put Kim Jong Un "on notice".