North Koreans attend a rally to support a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North's ownership of "lighter and smaller nukes" and its ability to execute "surgical strikes" meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thursday, March 7, 2013. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. The billboard in background depicts a large bayonet pointing at U.S. army soldiers with writing reading "If you dare invade, only death will be waiting for you!" (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea is warning of future nuclear and rocket efforts that it says are warranted because of new U.N. sanctions over its third nuclear test.
The statement Saturday from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman builds on a torrent of warlike threats from Pyongyang in the wake of the sanctions, which North Korea says are an indication of U.S. hostility.
The sanction, approved Thursday, target North Korea's ruling class.
U.N. diplomats say the sanctions will hurt leader Kim Jong Un. But others argue they may actually bolster him by allowing officials to whip up anti-U.S. sentiment and direct attention away from government failures.
Pyongyang's statement says "the world will clearly see what permanent position" it will take to "reinforce as a nuclear weapons state and satellite launcher" because of the sanctions.