A defiant North Korea has totally rejected a unanimous UN Security Council resolution imposing weapons-related sanctions. A statement from Pyongyang accused the Security Council of acting with “irresponsibility.” It said it is not bound by the resolution and will continue to develop missiles. After the UN vote, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the G8 Summit said the resolution will “ultimately” help return Pyongyang to the six-nation talks on its nuclear programme which it left last November.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “We all want North Korea to get back to the moratorium on launches of missiles and to get back to the six-party talks on the basis of the outcome that was reached in September last year to resolve the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula.”
Japan fears it is a potential target of North Korean missiles and the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said the Security Council had acted “swiftly and robustly in response to North Korea’s reckless and condemnable act.” The US said that if North Korea does not comply with the resolution, the Security Council could consider further action.