North Korea on Tuesday slammed a new UN Security Council Resolution tightening sanctions against the renegade regime.
A government statement released through the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Monday said that the new resolution is "a flagrant infringement" of the North's sovereignty and "an outright challenge" to the regime.
In the usual garbled prose, it added, "As we've already said, we'll take a stern action of justice, as long as the U.S. has ultimately produced the UNSC resolution aimed at violating our sovereignty and rights to survival and development. We're ready to use the last resort of any kind without hesitation."
The regime also slammed China and Russia for joining the U.S. in passing the resolution. "The countries that the U.S. thanked for colluding in working out the villainous sanctions resolution… can never shirk responsibility for further aggravating the situation on the Korean Peninsula and putting the regional peace and security at risk."
The fresh sanctions ban North Korea's exports of iron ore and coal, which have kept the impoverished country afloat, and are expected to slash its US$3 billion exports by one-third.