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N. Korea claims int'l support in fight against U.N. sanctions

All News 21:47 September 28, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed Wednesday that it is not isolated diplomatically at all, citing the results of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit earlier this month.

In a statement, the communist nation's foreign ministry said the member states of the NAM reaffirmed their support for Pyongyang in its opposition to the U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and long-range missile development.

The 17th NAM Summit was held in Venezuela from Sept. 17-18 and a declaration was adopted at the end of the session to summarize the outcome of the discussions.

"The document expressed serious concern over resolutions on sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against NAM member nations as they lacked appropriate legal ground and disregarded impartiality and justice," the ministry said, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency monitored in Seoul.

It added the adoption of the document represents a "rebuff and opposition of the unprecedented moves for isolating and stifling the DPRK being pressed for by the U.S. and its followers by more than a hundred countries holding majority of the U.N. member nations." DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The ministry argued that international justice is "wantonly violated due to high-handed and arbitrary practices of big powers." Pyongyang is not only upset about the U.S. and its allies for a wide web of U.N. sanctions on its regime but also apparently annoyed by China's and Russia's cooperation in such U.N. actions.

The North will continue to boost "solidarity and cooperation" with other NAM member nations, said the ministry.

Pyongyang dispatched Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to the latest NAM meeting.


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