North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it rejects the latest UN Security Council resolution imposing fresh sanctions against the country for its September nuclear test, saying it denied its sovereignty and right to survival.
The North's state-run television KRT said that the country will be taking stronger self-defense measures in response to the resolution.
"The 'sanctions resolution' that denied outright the sovereignty of the DPRK (North Korea) and its rights to existence and development will trigger off its tougher countermeasures for self-defense," said KRT news reader.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution to slash North Korea's exports of coal, its biggest export item, by about 60 percent with an annual sales cap of $400.9 million, or 7.5 million metric tonnes, whichever is lower.
The US-drafted resolution also bans North Korean copper, nickel, silver and zinc exports - and the sale of statues. Pyongyang is famous for building huge, socialist-style statues which it exports mainly to African countries.