North Korea defiant over UN sanctions

North Korea showed trademark defiance yesterday over new United Nations sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a United States invasion.

"Since the US has thrown a comprehensive challenge to our country in all areas, including political, economic and military, we are ready to respond resolutely to this, and this is the firm and unshakable will of our army and our people", Xinhua cited Interfax news agency quoted Joong as saying.

"The forthcoming measures ... will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", Mr Han said.

The ambassador said that Pyongyang rejected and condemned the "illegal" resolutions of the UN Security Council, which he says has been turned into a "tool" by Washington with the aim to "isolate and strangle" North Korea.

The UN resolution was triggered by North Korea's Sept 3 test of what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said its land-based xenon detector in the northeastern part of the country found traces of xenon-133 isotope on nine occasions, while its mobile equipment off the country's east coast detected traces of the isotope four times.

South Korean warplanes tested the precision and efficacy of German and Swedish made air-launched cruise missiles Wednesday morning as the standoff on the Korean Peninsula continues.

The commission could not confirm what kind of nuclear test the North conducted, he added.

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