North Korea threatens US with ‘greatest pain’ after UN sanctions
North Korea threatens US with ‘greatest pain’ after UN sanctions, Pyongyang’s envoy to the UN accused Washington of selecting “political, monetary and navy confrontation”.
Earlier, the US vowed to make use of extra pressure if North Korea saved its “dangerous path”.
The UN sanctions are an attempt to starve the nation of gasoline and earnings for its weapons programmes.
The measures prohibit oil imports and ban textile exports, and had been authorised after North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.
Han Tae Tune, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, talked about he “categorically rejected” what he known as an “illegal determination”.
“The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the US endure the most effective ache it has ever expert in its historic previous,” he knowledgeable a UN conference in Geneva.
“Instead of making [the] correct choice with rational analysis… the Washington regime lastly opted for political, monetary and navy confrontation, obsessive concerning the wild dream of reversing the DPRK’s progress of nuclear energy – which has already reached the completion half.”
The choice was solely handed unanimously after North Korea’s allies Russia and China agreed to softer sanctions than these proposed by the US.
The preliminary textual content material included a whole ban on oil imports, a measure seen by some analysts as doubtlessly destabilising for the regime.
The model new sanctions agreed by the UN embody:
- Limits on imports of crude oil and oil merchandise. China, Pyongyang’s essential monetary ally, gives most of North Korea’s crude oil
- A ban on exports of textiles, which is Pyongyang’s second-biggest export worth higher than $700m (£530m) a 12 months
- A ban on new visas for North Korean overseas workers, which the US estimates would lastly decrease off $500m of tax earnings per 12 months
A proposed asset freeze and a journey ban on North Korean chief Kim Jong-un had been dropped.
The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, knowledgeable the Security Council after the vote: “We don’t profit from extra strengthening sanctions within the current day. We aren’t looking out for battle.”
“The North Korean regime has not however handed the aim of no return,” she added. “If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we’re going to proceed with extra pressure. The choice is theirs.”
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A South Korean presidential office spokesman talked about on Tuesday: “North Korea desires to understand reckless drawback in direction of worldwide peace will solely lead to even stronger sanctions in direction of them.”
Monday’s determination was the ninth one unanimously adopted by the UN since 2006.
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