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

Pyongyang threatens U.S. with 'greatest pain' if UNSC adopts sanctions resolution

Pyongyang threatens U.S. with 'greatest pain' if UNSC adopts sanctions resolution

Under the measure, countries are authorized to inspect ships suspected of carrying banned North Korean cargo but must first seek the consent of the flag-state.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said.

China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that North Korea had "ignored worldwide opposition and once again conducted a nuclear test, severely violating UN Security Council resolutions".

Washington said military action remains an option in dealing with North Korea and threatened to cut economic ties with countries that continue to trade with the it - around 90 percent of the North's external commerce is with China. "Today's resolution would not have happened without the strong relationship that has developed between President [Donald] Trump and Chinese President Xi [Jinping]".

The United States wants tough sanctions to be imposed to maximize pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea is entirely dependent on imported fuel oil, most of it from China.

China also backed Monday's United Nations resolution, which bans textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products, though it did so only after Washington toned down its original proposal to secure the backing of Beijing and Moscow.

Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "categorically rejected" what he called an "illegal resolution". Instead, the ninth set of restrictive sanctions against Pyongyang authorized an annual cap of 2 million barrels of refined petroleum products to North Korea.

The textile ban is significant. In 2013 Russia reopened a railway link with North Korea, from the Russian eastern border town of Khasan to Rajin, to export coal and import goods from South Korea and elsewhere.

The North earned some $270 million from resource exports between February and August, according to the report, despite progressively harsher sanctions.

"We can now build ballistic missiles that can slam through deep underground bunkers where Kim Jong Un would be hiding", Shin said, referring to President Donald Trump's agreement that would allow South Korea to build more powerful ballistic missiles.

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".

Crude oil supplies would be capped at their current level.

China's big four state-owned banks have also stopped providing financial services to new clients from North Korea, according to branch staff.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spent the last several days on the telephone trying to muster support for the US -proposed resolution, his spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said Thursday.

The U.N. Security Council voted 15-0 to approve new sanctions.

"We can solve this problem through diplomatic means", Putin said Thursday.

"We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked", Haley said.

"If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future".

The worldwide community formed a united front just a week after the testing of what Pyongyang claims to be a hydrogen bomb, expediting a negotiation process that took almost three months after the last nuclear detonation.

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