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 choosing “political, financial and navy confrontation”.
Earlier, the US vowed to use additional strain if North Korea stored its “harmful path”.
The UN sanctions are an try and 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 check earlier this month.
Han Tae Tune, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, mentioned he “categorically rejected” what he referred to as an “unlawful decision”.
“The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the US endure the best ache it has ever skilled in its historical past,” he informed a UN convention in Geneva.
“As a substitute of creating [the] proper selection with rational evaluation… the Washington regime lastly opted for political, financial and navy confrontation, obsessive about the wild dream of reversing the DPRK’s growth of nuclear power – which has already reached the completion part.”
The decision 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 included a complete ban on oil imports, a measure seen by some analysts as doubtlessly destabilising for the regime.
The brand new sanctions agreed by the UN embody:
- Limits on imports of crude oil and oil merchandise. China, Pyongyang’s important financial ally, provides most of North Korea’s crude oil
- A ban on exports of textiles, which is Pyongyang’s second-biggest export value greater than $700m (£530m) a 12 months
- A ban on new visas for North Korean abroad employees, which the US estimates would finally lower off $500m of tax income 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, informed the Safety Council after the vote: “We do not benefit from additional strengthening sanctions in the present day. We aren’t on the lookout for conflict.”
“The North Korean regime has not but handed the purpose of no return,” she added. “If North Korea continues its harmful path, we are going to proceed with additional strain. The selection is theirs.”
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A South Korean presidential workplace spokesman mentioned on Tuesday: “North Korea wants to grasp reckless problem towards worldwide peace will solely result in even stronger sanctions towards them.”
Monday’s decision was the ninth one unanimously adopted by the UN since 2006.
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