PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea is warning that it will strengthen its military and nuclear defenses in reaction to what it calls U.S. hostility toward Pyongyang.
The Foreign Ministry issued a defiant statement early Wednesday just hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution condemning a North Korean rocket launch as a violation of a ban against nuclear and missile activity. The council also voted unanimously to tighten existing sanctions.
The council reiterated its previous demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program in a “complete, verifiable and irreversible manner” and cease launches. China joined in approving the resolution, the first in four years to expand the sanctions regime on North Korea.