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North Korea takes defiant stance over UN sanctions

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North Korea takes defiant stance over UN sanctions


North Korea has fired several short-range projectiles only hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to impose fresh sanctions on the isolated state.

South Korea’s defence ministry said it was trying to determine if the projectiles launched were short-range missiles or artillery fire .

After nearly two months of negotiations the UN unanimously adopted a resolution expanding international sanctions against Pyongyang after its Jan. 6 nuclear test and recent rocket launch.They include mandatory cargo inspections both to and from the country and a ban on weapons transfers. More individuals and organisations are to be added to an international black list.

The North insists its missile programme is purely scientific in nature, but the US, South Korea and even its ally China say such rocket launches are aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.

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