North Korea has rejected the UN Security Council sanctions, calling them a ''criminal act'' masterminded by the United States. Natasha Howitt reports.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has risen a notch with Pyongyang accusing the U.N. of "the most hideous international crime". This is North Korea's verbal response to the U.N. Security Council's new sanctions. They are the toughest the country has faced in more than two decades. North Korea has also launched rockets into the sea, and says the military is ready to use nuclear weapons "at any time". Quoting leader Kim Jong Un, a state news reader says the military is now in "pre-emptive attack" mode against its enemies. South Korean President Park Guen-hye has condemned the reaction. She urges the North to "throw away the delusion that nuclear programs guarantee the regime's safety." Earlier in the day, South Korea began controversial talks with the U.S. on the deployment of an advanced anti-missile system.