N. Korea says sanctions will boost its nuclear deterrent

SEOUL- North Korea said Saturday that UN sanctions would only make its nuclear and missile programmes stronger, with the foreign ministry hinting at further nuclear tests to come.

In a statement carried by state media, the ministry said the latest
sanctions, which Pyongyang “totally rejects”, would only lead the country to
reinforce its status “as a nuclear weapons state and satellite launcher”.

Even before Thursday’s Security Council vote imposing tougher sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear test last month, the North Korean leadership had said it would conduct more atomic and long-range missile tests in the future.