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N. Korea calls U.N. an unfair organization, vows to fight sanctions

North Korea 08:55 May 17, 2019

SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has called the United Nations an unfair organization that represents the privileges of just a few countries, saying that the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang are a violation of its sovereignty that it will try to "hit back and crush."

"What cannot be tolerated is that resolutions have been adopted through the international stage, including the U.N. by legitimizing force and arbitrariness of certain countries," the North's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"And such injustice has been committed in broad daylight as sanctions being imposed on victims by attackers just because they are defiant," it added.

The ministry called the U.N. sanctions on its regime a "severe violation of our sovereignty," which North Korea will not tolerate.

The ministry also complained that there is a great deal of "inequality" among U.N. member countries, adding that the organization is dictated by the "law of jungle."

North Korea is under multiple U.N. Security Council sanctions for its nuclear and missile provocations. The United States is leading the global sanctions regime to force the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang is pushing for major sanctions relief that it sees as necessary to rebuilding its economy. Washington remains firm in keeping the sanctions in place until the North's complete denuclearization.

Nuclear talks have been stalled as the February summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump ended without a deal as they failed to find common ground over Pyongyang's denuclearization steps and Washington's sanctions relief.

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