North Korea rejects UN resolution

PYONGYANG (18 October 2006) - The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) completely rejected Tuesday the United Nations Security Council resolution that establishes a series of sanctions against this country for having conducted a nuclear test.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that the UN Council feigned ignorance of the real origin of the problem -the US hostile policy against the DPRK.

The statement adds that the UN "is now incriminating the DPRK for exercising its right to defend the sovereignty of its country, while trumpeting about the denuclearization of the peninsula."

The statement further reads that "The resolution cannot be construed otherwise than a declaration of a war against the DPRK, because it was based on a script [written] by the US, keen to destroy the people-centered socialist system of Korea."

"Current developments clearly prove once again that the DPRK was entirely correct when it decided to have access to nuclear weapons," the statement adds.

Finally, the North Korean Foreign Ministry document reiterates that the DPRK will fulfil its responsibility in carrying out the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula; however it warns that any attempts to infringe upon their sovereignty and right to existence will be met with a strong reaction."

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