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NKorea Lashes Out at Sanction Threat   10/24 06:10

   PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean officials lashed out Monday at 
efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's 
latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.

   The officials told an Associated Press Television crew in Pyongyang that 
sanctions targeting the nuclear and missile tests are "criminal documents" and 
accused the United States of orchestrating the condemnation.

   The United Nations has imposed sanctions on North Korea since 2006 for its 
nuclear tests and rocket launches. Last week, the U.N. Security Council called 
on members to "redouble their sanction efforts."

   "The sanction resolutions of the U.N. Security Council are illegal criminal 
documents," Pang Kwang Hyok, vice director of the department of international 
organizations at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the APTN 
crew in Pyongyang. The North's mission to the U.N. issued a similar statement 
that was distributed by North Korean state media on Monday.

   "These resolutions determined that our nuclear tests and satellite launches 
pose threats to international peace and security, but then the problem is why 
has the U.N. Security Council never taken issue with the nuclear tests and 
satellite launches conducted by other countries?" Pang said.

   The issue has intensified since the United States and South Korea said they 
detected two failed North Korean missile launches this month, possibly of 
Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

   The U.N.'s most powerful body, in a statement approved last week by its 15 
members, deplored all North Korean missile tests, saying they contribute to the 
country's "development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase 

   Security Council members called on all countries "to redouble their efforts" 
to implement sanctions and expressed regret that Pyongyang is diverting 
resources when its citizens "have great unmet needs."

   Musudan missiles have a potential range of about 3,500 kilometers (2,180 
miles), which would put U.S. military bases in Guam within their striking 

   Pang repeated the North's claim that sanctions won't stop Pyongyang from 
developing its nuclear arsenal.

   "I can state that it is a complete miscalculation to think that any 
sanctions or pressure can have any effect on us," he said.


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