North Korea’s sustainable development is being hampered by economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the country’s foreign affairs minister said on Thursday.
Last month, the U.N Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.
Ri Su Yong, the DPRK Minister for Foreign Affairs, also criticized the U.S.-led military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, calling them “an attempt to stifle the DPRK with nuclear threats and economic blockades.”
“Mr. President, sustainable development in our country is proceeding under the most adverse conditions due to the outside forces. Even at this very moment on the Korean peninsula, the largest ever nuclear war exercises are frantically conducted, where more than 300,000 armed troops and strategic nuclear assets of the US are mobilized,” he added.
He continued: “The US actions, in an attempt to stifle the DPRK with nuclear threats and economic blockades, are nothing but an expression of utter ignorance. The US will never understand the duty and philosophy of our people based on the spirit of rising stronger and more resolute against increasingly tougher sanctions and blockades.”
He said they strongly urge the US to immediately remove all kinds of nuclear threats and sanctions and withdraw its anachronistic hostile policy against the DPRK.
In March, the U.S. and South Korea started their largest-ever annual joint military exercises amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The foreign minister spoke at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday.