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North Korea outraged about new sanctions


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday lashed out at
international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs,
saying they are being used to block everything from frozen
chicken to swimming flippers.

In an unusually detailed and lengthy statement, North Korea’s
Foreign Ministry stuck by its longstanding claim that the country
has the right to develop nuclear weapons to defend itself against
the United States, which it said under President Donald Trump is
now openly trying to “suffocate” its economy.

It added that if testing or possessing nuclear weapons should be
sanctioned, then the U.S. and other nuclear superpowers should be
subject to sanctions as well.

The statement included a long list of non-military-use items that
it says have been impacted by the trade bans, including frozen
chicken, diving flippers for a dolphin show and an array of
sports equipment including skis, yachts, mountaineering boots,
snowmobiles, snow groomers, billiard tables, archery equipment
and sporting guns.

“Archery equipment would never become ballistic rockets and
sports rifles could never be used to launch nuclear warheads, but
some countries either being overpowered by or blindly following
the high-handed practices of the hostile forces are bringing
disgrace to the ideal and purpose of sports,” the statement said.

It said public health and humanitarian assistance have been
affected as well.

The statement directly criticized efforts by Trump to tighten
pressure on North Korea, saying Washington and its supporters are
trying to “completely suffocate” the country’s economy and
“impoverish the people’s livelihood.”

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commemorate Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.


North Korea has been concerned by the advent of the Trump
administration and the possibility of tougher policies than those
carried out by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Following a recent series of high-profile North Korean missile
tests, the U.S. earlier this month led an effort at the U.N. to
pass a resolution adding more North Korean individuals and
entities linked to its nuclear and missile programs to a
sanctions blacklist.

The resolution expressed serious concern that North Korea
continues to violate previous U.N. resolutions with launches and
attempted launches of ballistic missiles, and that its nuclear
and missile activities threaten international peace and security.
The Security Council has repeatedly demanded that North Korea
abandon all nuclear weapons programs and halt all nuclear and
missile tests.

The Security Council had already imposed six rounds of sanctions
on North Korea.

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