North Korea

North Korea rejects UN sanctions, briefs envoys in Pyongyang

North Korea says a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking its nuclear program by cutting off as much as a quarter of its foreign trade revenue is an "abuse of power" and will be met with tough countermeasures.

Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol called a gathering of foreign diplomats in the capital Friday to lay out his country's opposition to the sanctions, which are the harshest to date and have the support of China, North Korea's primary trading partner.

"We categorically reject the U.N. Security Council resolution on sanctions against our country," Han said. "The adoption of the resolution is another open denial of our country's...