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North Korea labels UN resolution 'a product of heinous provocation'

North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed Wednesday the most recent United Nations resolution passed against it, rejecting the sanctions and saying they were a "product of heinous provocation."

The United States "fabricated" Monday's UN resolution "employing all sorts of despicable and vicious means and methods," according to the statement, which was published by the Korean Central News Agency.

The ministry added that the resolution, passed after the country said it had tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, strengthened its resolve to "follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this fight to the finish is over."

The statement follows criticism from Han Tae Song, a North Korean diplomat, at a UN Disarmament Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

"The sanctions and pressure campaign by the Washington regime to completely obliterate DPRK's sovereignty and the right to existence is reaching an extremely reckless level," he said, using an alternate name for the Asian nation.

The sanctions seek to curb key sources of income for Pyongyang, by banning textile exports and money transfers by expatriate North Korean workers. It also limits oil exports to the isolated country.

China, Japan and South Korea all supported the most recent set of sanctions. While Russia voted in favour, ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that further restrictions on the hermit kingdom could affect innocent citizens, rather than cut funding to the country's ballistic missile and nuclear programme.

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