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Iran Press TV

North Korea fires projectiles into sea after new UN sanctions

Iran Press TV

Thu Mar 3, 2016 9:34AM

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into the sea, hours after the UN Security Council votes to impose harshest sanctions on the impoverished country.

South Korea said six projectiles were fired at 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Thursday into the sea around 150 km (90 miles) off the North's eastern coast.

President Park Geun-hye used a harsh language, pledging to 'end tyranny,' while China said it hoped all parties could refrain from actions that escalate tension.

The escalation came after the Security Council passed its harshest sanctions drafted by the United States against Pyongyang on Wednesday.

The new UN sanctions include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air, a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang and expulsion of diplomats from the North, who engage in 'illicit activities.'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the measures as 'a firm, united, and appropriate response' to Pyongyang's January 6 nuclear test and February 7 rocket launch.

'The international community, speaking with one voice, has sent Pyongyang a simple message: North Korea must abandon these dangerous programs and choose a better path for its people,' Obama said.

Meanwhile, in reaction to the Thursday launches, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said, 'We will cooperate with the world to make the North Korean regime abandon its reckless nuclear development and end tyranny that oppresses freedom and human rights of our brethren in the North.'

On January 6, Pyongyang said it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, its fourth nuclear test yet, vowing to build up its nuclear program as deterrence against potential aggression from the United States.

A month later, on February 7, North Korea launched a long-range rocket that it said placed an earth observation satellite into orbit. However, Washington and South Korea denounced it as a cover for an intercontinental ballistic missile test.​

Pyongyang has previously been under UN sanctions over launching missiles considered by the US and South Korea as ballistic and aimed at delivering nuclear warheads.

The North accuses the US of plotting with its regional allies to topple the government in Pyongyang, stressing that it will not relinquish its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward North Korea.

It also wants the US to dissolve its military command in South Korea, where America has thousands of troops.

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