China said on Wednesday that all relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid taking measures that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, after North Korea condemned and rejected the latest UN Security Council sanctions, vowing to go down the road it chooses at a faster pace.
"We hope all relevant parties exercise restraint and do not take measures that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing on Wednesday.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that North Korea condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the resolution, KCNA reported.
It also said that the UN's latest sanctions are "a product of heinous provocation aimed at depriving North Korea of its legitimate right to self-defense and completely suffocating its state and people through a full-scale economic blockade."
Measures imposed by the UN Security Council on Monday include limits on oil exports to North Korea, a ban on the country's textile exports and access to gas liquids, and a closer inspection of cargo ships entering and leaving its ports. These are the UN's toughest sanctions on North Korea.
Experts said that the new sanctions would strike a heavy blow to North Korea's economy, sharply lowering its oil imports and foreign currency earnings.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry also said that the "illegal and evil" resolution affirmed North Korea's resolve that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right and to follow this road at a faster pace until the fight to the finish is over.
North Korea also vowed to redouble its efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right.