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N. Korea sends letter to U.N. to protest sanctions

All Headlines 23:23 January 06, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's envoy to the United Nations has sent a letter to the chief of the global body to demand a proper explanation for its extensive sanctions on the country, the North's state media said Friday.

The letter was sent Thursday in response to a letter from the U.N. under secretary-general for political affairs on behalf of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose term finished at the end of last year, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"I want to begin with the conclusion that the letter addressed by the under secretary-general for political affairs is not the answer to my question on what is the legal ground for the U.N. Security Council 'sanctions resolutions' against the DPRK over its nuclear tests and peaceful satellite launch," the KCNA quoted Ja Song-nam as saying in his letter.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"If any nuclear test or satellite or ballistic rocket launch were considered a 'threat to international peace and security,' the UNSC should have made an issue of and enforced sanctions on the United States and other countries regarding their nuclear tests of over 2,000 times, (and) ongoing regular satellite and ballistic rocket launches," he said.

The sanctions on North Korea are an "act against humanity and civilization," which has threatened the lives of the North Korean people, he added.

Ja made clear, however, that Pyongyang will continue to develop its nuclear and missile programs to defend itself from "nuclear threats and blackmails" from the U.S. and its allies.

North Korea has come under tightened U.N. sanctions for repeatedly testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of U.N. resolutions.

On New Year's Day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed that the country is in the final stages of preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.

hague@yna.co.kr
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