North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a test-fire of strategic submarine-launched ballistic missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 25, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA
Reuters: North Korea says sanctions push after nuclear test 'laughable'
North Korea said on Sunday a push for further sanctions following its fifth and biggest nuclear test was "laughable", and vowed to continue to strengthen its nuclear power.
The isolated state on Friday set off its most powerful nuclear explosion to date, saying it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that its rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain.
A U.S. special envoy met with Japanese officials on Sunday and said later the United States may launch unilateral sanctions against North Korea, echoing comments by U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday in the wake of the test.
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WNU Editor: North Korea is now also demanding to be recognised as a nuclear state ..... North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state (The Guardian). As for laughing at sanctions .... the North Koreans do have a point. As long as this border crossing is in operation with China .... Inside the Chinese border town sustaining North Korea's rogue regime (ABC News Online) .... there will be no motivation for the North Korean regime to change.