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Kim Jong-un’s regime “fully rejects” the latest UN sanctions against more of its citizens and organisations, according to Pyongyang’s foreign ministry spokesman.
"Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory," he said.
At the weekend the UN Security Council backed a US-drafted resolution to expand sanctions against North Korea to include 14 more people and four organisations.
The UN has imposed the new sanctions after North Korea provoked international fury by carrying out its third missile test in three weeks the end of May.
Tensions have escalated further between North Korea and Donald Trump's administration after the US carried out a show of force with two aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan.
Noon BST: China has blasted "irresponsible remarks" on the South China Sea by US Secretary of Defence James Mattis during a security forum at the weekend.
During the forum in Singapore, Mr Mattis said seeking China's cooperation on North Korea did not mean Washington would not challenge Beijing's activities in the South China Sea.
10am BST: North Korea School children are taking part in sports games to mark the Korean Children's Union Foundation Day.
5.30am BST: North Korea has sparked fears of a global conflict by holding a mock attack on aircraft carriers.
Monday June 5
6pm BST: Japan has held evacuation drills in preparation for a possible North Korean attack.
Around 300 people in the coastal town of Abu took part in the drill with further evacuations scheduled for other towns.
5pm BST: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to do more on the issue of North Korea, which has stepped up its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN resolutions.
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School children take part in a tug-of-war to mark the Korean Children's Union Foundation Da
"China and other regional partners should also step up their efforts to help solve this security situation, which threatens not just that region, but really presents a threat to the entire world," Mr Tillerson told reporters.
"We desire productive relationships, but we cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarising islands in the South China Sea or failing to put appropriate pressure on North Korea."
Sunday June 4
8pm BST: North Korea has said it “fully rejects” the latest sanctions from the UN and has vowed to continue the development of its nuclear weapons programme.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry reiterated the regime’s determination to develop nuclear weapons to to defend itself against “acts of hostility”.
"Whatever sanctions and pressure may follow, we will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces which was chosen to defend the sovereignty of the country and the rights to national existence and will move forward towards the final victory," a spokesman said.
North Korea has rejected all UN sanctions dating back to 2006.
7.45am BST: North Korea has accused the Trump administration of “bluffing” after the US successfully tested a new anti-missile defence system.
A spokesman for Kim Jong-un’s state mouthpiece KCNA said:“Their foolhardy moves go to clearly prove that the DPRK's step for bolstering the nuclear force for self-defence is entirely just.
“They are now bluffing, bragging about the 'success' in the test and the efficiency of the missile interception system."
The threat came after the US successfully intercepted and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile in a test last week.
US and Japanese navy mount show of force off Korean Peninsular Thu, June 1, 2017
The aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan have been conducting exercises off the coast of the Korean peninsular in a show of force amid mounting tensions
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US and Japanese flags are visible on the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan
4.20pm BST: Russia has denounced North Korea’s nuclear missile programme as “direct threat” to the country.
"It is not only a ballistic missile defence system – it has real function," said Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin.
"That is why it is alarming. And it is a direct threat to Russia. We are convinced that it will increase the tensions of the region. That is our principle position."
Mr Fomin also suggested economic restrictions should be used to invoke diplomatic and peaceful results from Pyongyang.
3pm BST: North Korea’s state owned Rodong Sinmun newspaper has declared that the regime is ready test fire an intercontinental ballistic missile “at any time”.
Saturday June 3
Noon BST: The UN Security Council has expanded sanctions against North Korea to include 14 more people and four organisations.
The US-drafted resolution has imposed a global travel ban and asset freeze on those added to the blacklist.
It marks the first time that China and the Trump administration have agreed to a resolution on sanctions for North Korea.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the council was sending a "clear message to North Korea today – stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences".
Speaking at a security forum in Singapore, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, said the Trump administration was encouraged by China’s “renewed commitment” to pressure North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme.
“While competition between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable,” Mattis said. “Our two countries can and do cooperate for mutual benefit. We will work closely with China where we share common cause.”
Friday June 2
Aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan have been conducting exercises off the coast of the Korean peninsular in a show of force amid mounting tensions