Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

N Korea warns of harsh response if new sanctions imposed

Now, as Mr Kim's grandson, Mr Kim Jong Un, accelerates his nuclear programme, South Korea is again targeting the North's leadership.

North Korea has made rapid progress in its nuclear and missile programmes despite multiple sets of United Nations sanctions, and Go Myong-Hyun at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies said the latest measures were "not enough to cause pain". Thus, Beijing's cooperation is key to any sanctions regime that seeks to force Kim to alter his behavior, current and former USA officials say. The possibility of new sanctions comes after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear weapon test last week, deploying the most powerful bomb they have ever tested.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", the ambassador added.

"Instead of making the right choice with a rational analysis on (the) overall situation, the Washington regime finally opts for political, economic and military confrontation", he said.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was vital to put pressure on North Korea through additional sanctions, including blocking or slowing its fuel supplies.

The Nautilus Institute, a California-based researcher that has focused on North Korea issues, sees the total 8.5 million barrel figure from the line with its latest estimates.

A proposed asset freeze and a travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were dropped.

Trump noted the 15-0 United Nations vote during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, but said they are "just another very small step, not a big deal" and suggested that he doesn't know "if it has any impact". "But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen", he added, without giving details.

"My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution, " North Korean Ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song said in Geneva Tuesday.

"The Chinese side will never allow conflict or war on the peninsula", a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said today.

Merkel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday she was ready to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, and suggested the Iran nuclear talks could be a model.

Russian Federation and China were singled out at a U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday on financing for North Korea's nuclear program. "The choice is theirs". It was the ninth such resolution unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs since 2006.

Most experts think that a preemptive strike against North Korea would be perceived as an attempt at regime change and that its military leadership would most likely lash out at South Korea with artillery and chemical weapons. Exports of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and the sale of statues were also banned.

The critiques will be much harsher if North Korea spirals out of control.

The US has still not ruled out a military option to halt North Korea's nuclear development, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

There are a few things that made it through the negotiating process - for instance, a ban on textile exports from North Korea, for instance.

Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry followed up Monday with a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency, warning that North Korea will respond to more punitive measures by causing the U.S.

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