North Korea calls U.N. Sanctions an “Act of War” and Threatens Retaliation

On December 22, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to tighten economic sanctions on North Korea in response to its sixth nuclear test on November 29, which involved the launching of a missile that the regime warns could reach the United States. This is the Council’s third attempt this year to exert enough pressure on Kim Jong-Un to force him to halt his country’s nuclear weapons program and come to the table for negotiations. According to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in order for talks to begin North Korea must show “a sustained cessation” of its aggressive behavior, while Pyongyang vows that it will not consider joining the negotiations until the United States ends its practice of hostility towards the DPRK. Until said negotiations take place, the Council has voted to drastically cut the number of crude oil and refined petroleum imports to North Korea by nearly 90 percent, which will likely be devastating to the North Korean military…

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