North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ over new UN sanctions

North Korea slams ‘Obama and his lackeys’ over new UN sanctions
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North Korea on Thursday hammered new United Nations sanctions in response to its latest nuclear test, accusing the nations involved of being President Obama’s cronies.

“Obama and his lackeys are sadly mistaken if they calculate that they can force the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to abandon its line of nuclear weaponization and undermine its status as a nuclear power through base sanctions to pressurize it,” it said in a statement, according to reports.

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to slap North Korea with its “toughest” sanctions yet, severely restricting its exports of coal and non-ferrous metals like copper.

The sanctions, which are expected to cost Pyongyang more than $800 million annually, were authorized in response to North Korea’s repeated missile and nuclear tests.

Reports emerged in September that North Korea had conducted a new nuclear bomb test despite international bans against such experiments.

The suspected bomb, which was probably North Korea’s fifth overall, caused a magnitude-5.3 earthquake near the test site, according to South Korea’s meteorological society.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday, meanwhile, warned that North Korea will likely be capable of striking Seattle with missiles by the end of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s four years in office.

Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general and former National Security Agency director, added that North Korea believes “they will not survive without being a nuclear power."