The isolated dictatorship said it intended to continue bolstering its capabilities in a report in the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday. Pyongyang also criticized the international community for imposing further sanctions against it and clarified: “Do not expect any change” in North Korean policy.

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North Korea will continue with its nuclear development policy in 2018, according to a report by the state-run KCNA news agency on Saturday. The detailed report said the regime intends to continue bolstering its capabilities “for self defense,” and praised the success of its ICBM tests in 2017.

KCNA’s report, titled “No Force Can Prevail over Independence and Justice,” criticized US Donald Trump’s administration and the international community for its focus and sanction policy on the regime during 2017. “The Trump administration, which set the solution of the nuclear issue of the DPRK as a primary task of its diplomacy and security policy and its DPRK policy as ‘maximum pressure and engagement;’ has resorted to the hard-line hostile policy toward the DPRK,” read the report.  “The US cooked up new sanctions acts against the DPRK and spearheaded the adoption of the UN ‘sanctions resolutions’ one after another against the DPRK.”

The state run news agency clarified that Pyongyang will continue to develop its capabilities as long as the US continued its “nuclear threat and blackmail” and its military drills in the peninsula. It also described itself as “a world-class nuclear power,” and clarified: “Do not expect any change in its [North Korea’s] policy. Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out.”

Tensions between Pyongyang and the international community came to the spotlight in 2017, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanging aggressive rhetoric and North Korea’s repeated missile tests. On Wednesday, the US State Department said that Washington and Moscow have vowed to continue the diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis with North Korea.

Earlier this week, North Korea’s foreign minister said that the countries that support imposing new sanctions on his country will “face the consequences,” after the UN Security Council voted to toughen the sanctions on the isolated dictatorship last week, imposing a ban of nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to the country.