Military trucks carry soldiers through central Pyongyang, North Korea April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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North Korea vowed Wednesday to accelerate its weapons programs in response to "evil" sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council following its latest and most powerful nuclear test.The detonation, Pyongyang's sixth nuclear blast, prompted global condemnation and came after it carried out two intercontinental ballistic missile launches in July that appeared to bring much of the U.S. into range.The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the North Monday, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting its oil imports, which U.S. President Donald Trump said was a prelude to stronger measures.The North says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself from "hostile" U.S. forces and analysts believe Pyongyang's weapons program has made rapid progress under leader Kim Jong Un, with previous sanctions having done little to deter it.
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