North Korea on Tuesday rejected Group of Eight criticism over its alleged deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, a day after the isolated communist nation threatened to bolster its nuclear capability.
The North's Foreign Ministry accused the G-8 leaders of a "sinister political purpose", saying in a report carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency that the G-8 has been reduced to an "evil group".
An international investigation led by South Korea concluded in May that North Korea torpedoed the 1,200-ton Cheonan near the two Koreas' disputed western sea border in March. Forty-six South Korean sailors died.
Top world leaders at a G-8 meeting near Toronto over the weekend condemned the ship's sinking, citing the probe that found North Korea responsible. The leaders also criticised the North's nuclear program.
The G-8 consists of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.
Seoul has asked the UN Security Council to punish Pyongyang over the sinking. On Tuesday, South Korea's legislature passed a resolution condemning North Korea over the sinking.
The National Assembly also demanded that the North apologise and punish those who responsible.