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North Korea calls latest U.N. sanctions 'an act of war'

North Korea referred to as the most recent United Nations sanctions against it "an act or war" on Sunday, and vowed to continue to strengthen its nuclear arsenal. "We define this 'sanctions resolution' rigged by the U.S. and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic and as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region," North Korea's international ministry said in a remark. "We will further consolidate our self-defensive nuclear deterrence aimed at fundamentally eradicating the U.S. nuclear threats, blackmail and hostile moves by establishing the practical balance of force with the U.S.," North Korea said. On Friday, the U.N. Security Council voted to prohibit 90% of crude oil and gas exports to the rogue nation, and limited money earned by employees in a foreign country from being sent back to the rustic. The sanctions came in response to North Korea's proceeding ballistic missile launches and nuclear checks.