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North Korea says sanctions won’t stop its missile development By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea on Tuesday criticised South Korea for undermining its weapons development, saying additional sanctions will not stop its missile programme, state media KCNA said.

Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the isolated country’s initiative to develop a spy satellite is a “pressing priority directly linked to our security.”

South Korea would “cry out for some kind of international cooperation and try hard to impose additional sanctions on us,” she said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

“But with our right to survival and development being threatened, why are we afraid of sanctions which we have seen repeatedly so far and is not even the first time, and why would we stop?”

Her remarks came days after Pyongyang launched two mid-range ballistic missiles, which it called an “important” test for the development of a spy satellite.