NORTH KOREA

North Korea slams new UN sanctions as 'an act of war'

North Korea slammed the latest UN sanctions imposed over its missile tests as an "act of war" on Sunday, its first response to the latest diplomatic move to punish Pyongyang's ever-accelerating weapons drive. The statement was delivered by a state television newsreader. In the statement, the North Korean foreign ministry said that the sanctions were “tantamount to a complete economic blockade” and warned that North Korea could pose a real nuclear threat to the US mainland. The sanctions passed by the UN on Friday aims to restrict oil supplies, which North Korea critically needs. The resolution has ordered the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working abroad. This is the third time that sanctions have been voted against North Korea this year, following several atomic and inter-continental missile tests that have been widely condemned by the international community.