North Korea issued a sharply worded statement warning heavier sanctions would only lead to the strengthening of its nuclear deterrence. The message from a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman was a response to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, South Korean news service Newsis reported. Power had said Thursday Pyongyang was “obsessively” pursuing the development of nuclear weapons and urged member states to raise their efforts at enforcement. North Korea condemned the statement on KCNA, calling the remarks a “despicable act” that is “ridiculing” the international community. “The U.N. Security Council’s sanctions resolutions are nothing but criminal documents void of all fairness, legality and morality,” Pyongyang’s foreign ministry spokesman said. North Korea also called the belief sanctions could have an effect on Pyongyang’s behavior a “complete miscalculation.”
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