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PYONGYANG, March 4. /TASS/. The United States and its allies are strengthening the political, economic and military pressure on Pyongyang after North Korea's (DPRK) decision to take steps to strengthen its nuclear deterrent potential and launch a carrier rocket with a satellite, North Korea said in a statement released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Friday.
According to KCNA, the forces hostile to DPRK led by the United States have approved "an unprecedented and gangster-like" resolution imposing sanctions on the country, undermining its rights as a sovereign state. In these circumstances, the agency reported, DPRK leader Kim Jong Un supervised the testing of a new multi-purpose missile launcher, which "will strengthen the striking power of the Korean People’s Army." "The actions of American imperialists and their supporters have reached a rather grim level as they seek to outlaw DPRK’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) independent rights as a sovereign state," KCNA said. Pyongyang "is ragingly ready to fulfill the order to destroy the country’s enemies represented by American imperialists and South Korean traitors," KCNA added.
Noting the dangerous nature of the large-scale US-South Korean maneuvers that are to be conducted soon, Kim Jong Un told the country's military to deploy the nuclear warheads so they can be fired at "any moment" and be prepared to launch preemptive attacks against its enemies.
The North Korean leader urged the DPRK scientists and technologists to take measures to strengthen the country's nuclear capacity in the run-up to the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, which will be held in May this year.
On Wednesday, March 2, UN Security Council unanimously approved an unprecedentedly tough resolution against North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test on January 6 that violated all previous UN SC resolutions. The document imposes a partial trade blockade on North Korea. UN member countries are now banned from purchasing the following from North Korea - coal, iron ore, rare earth metals, gold, vanadium and titanium. Deliveries of rocket and jet fuel to North Korea were also prohibited, along with any types of weapons and luxury goods.
On January 7 North Korea announced a successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 space satellite. A month earlier, on January 6, Pyongyang carried out an underground nuclear test, the fourth one in the past ten years. United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094 prohibit any activities linked with nuclear technologies and development of ballistic missiles in North Korea.