North Korea on Monday said that additional sanctions will push it to accelerate its nuclear plans, Reuters reported.
A spokesman described the most recent round of sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council as “the most vicious, unethical and inhumane act of hostility to physically exterminate the people of the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], let alone its system and government,” according to Pyongyang's official news agency, KCNA, as reported by Reuters.
The comments come one week after the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to pass additional sanctions on North Korea following a recent nuclear test and just before President Trump will attend his first U.N. General Assembly.
United States officials have expressed frustration in recent months over North Korea's continued nuclear aggression.
Pyongyang conducted two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July, and earlier this month said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an ICBM.
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