Russian Federation says North Korea nukes are a 'direct threat'

A South Korean civic group which offered to provide anti-malarial supplies to North Korea said Monday the North has rejected its proposal because of the South's support of new United Nations sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a balcony.

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On Friday, the UNSC unanimously adopted Resolution 2356 to punish the North's series of ballistic missiles launches with strengthened sanctions.

Since Moon's May 10 inauguration, North Korea has test-fired three ballistic missiles in an apparent show of its resolve to expand its weapons arsenals to cope with what it calls USA hostility.

North Korea on Sunday denounced the new sanctions imposed two days earlier by the U.N. Security Council after Pyongyang conducted a ninth ballistic missile test this year in defiance of earlier U.N. resolutions.

"We desire productive relationships, but we can not allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North Korea", he said.

The said spokesman further addressed that their country is not going to stop their nuclear missile development program as the nuclear forces were "chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory". It allegedly works with a North Korean trading company, Tangun, which the US accuses of securing supplies for the nuclear program.

"It is a fatal miscalculation if the countries... even think that they can delay or hold in check the eye-opening development of the (DPRK's) nuclear forces even for a moment", the DPRK spokesman said.

USA defence secretary James Mattis said the U.S. was encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea, and that the threat from North Korea was "clear and present".

In April, Trump dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson along with a "very powerful armada" to the Korean Peninsula for joint drills with the Japanese and South Korean militaries, as well as deploying the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a decision that has been criticized by the Russian and Chinese governments.

The Security Council voted unanimously to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to North Korea's nuclear missile programs to a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

The civic group subsequently exchanged emails with North Korea and proposed to deliver anti-malarial items such as insecticides, diagnostic kits and mosquito repellant to North Korea this week, according to group official Hong Sang-young.

North Korea blamed the USA and China for "railroading and enforcing" the sanctions resolution at the UN Security Council "after having drafted it in the backroom at their own pleasure".

The statement said the latest resolution was said to have been put together by the US and China in the "back room".

  • Zachary Reyes