North Korea: UN sanctions on shipping a 'criminal offense'

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A North Korean official says his country will not tolerate searches of North Korean ships under new U.N. sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

Some of the toughest measures in the sanctions target North Korea's shipping network, which has long been under international scrutiny for the possible movement of weapons and other equipment banned by previous U.N. resolutions.

Nam Hyon Il,of North Korea's Maritime Administration, which oversees the country's shipping industry, tells Associated Press Television News that the U.N. Security Council has abandoned its own mission and duty and violently trampled on international justice and impartiality.

Nam calls the sanctions "an infringement of maritime trade activities of a sovereign state, which is inexcusable."