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North Korea Vows ‘Stronger’ Action to U.S. Sanctions Over Tests

  • Pyongyang calls Washington’s move a dangerous ‘escalation’
  • Kim Jong Un’s regime blasts U.S. for ‘gangster-like’ logic
Kim Jong Un, right, looks at the monitors at a test launch of a missile in North Korea on Jan. 11.
Kim Jong Un, right, looks at the monitors at a test launch of a missile in North Korea on Jan. 11.Source: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP Photo

North Korea hit back at U.S. sanctions in response to recent hypersonic missile tests that raised new security concerns, vowing a “stronger and certain reaction” to Washington’s attempt to halt its weapons programs.

The pursuit of the advanced hypersonic missiles system, which are designed to evade existing defenses, is North Korea’s “legitimate right,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Washington’s move to slap sanctions on North Koreans who advanced its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs was a dangerous escalation, the ministry added in a statement released Friday through the state’s official Korean Central News Agency.