North Korea has vowed to retaliate and make “the US pay a price” for drafting fresh UN sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons programme.

The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said.

The sanctions will aim to reduce North Korea’s export revenues by a third.

The unanimous UN Security Council decision followed repeated missile tests by the North which has escalated tensions on the peninsula.

In its first major response today, North Korea insisted that it would continue to develop its controversial nuclear weapons programme.

According to BBC News, it threatened to make the US “pay the price for its crime…thousands of times,” referring to America’s role in drafting the UN sanctions resolution.

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