Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea warns U.S. of 'greatest pain', rejects sanctions

North Korea warns U.S. of 'greatest pain', rejects sanctions

As the UN Security Council assembles to vote for a new round of sanctions against North Korea, experts warn of consequences for the USA and the world as a whole.

The #United Nations have voted to up the ante on the sanctions against North Korea after the US #Government proposed a ban on textile exports from the country and a cap on their crude oil imports.

Before Monday's vote, the Security Council already had imposed various sanctions on North Korea, including on its exports of coal, iron ore and seafood.

In a statement on a possible ramping up of sanctions, North Korea's foreign ministry promised moves that would "cause the United States the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

She reiterated that, according to the resolution, an extremely strict sanctions regime had been introduced. The draft shows that the new sanctions - if approved by the United Nations on Monday - would ban Pyongyang from importing natural gas liquids and put restrictions on the rogue state's imports of refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The proposed resolution, however, would slap a ban on textile exports from North Korea, but drop demands for a full halt to payments of North Korea workers.

In a report released on Saturday, UN experts said Kim Jong Un's government continued to flout sanctions on commodities, as well as an arms embargo and restrictions on shipping and financial activities, during the perios which ended in early August.

Pyongyang appears unbowed, threatening that America would pay a "price" for spearheading the measures against it.

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The U.N. will look at ever more strict sanctions, but whether China and Russian Federation, who usually object to such measures, will go along with them, is yet to be seen.

"The DPRK has developed and perfected the super-powerful thermo-nuclear weapon as a means to deter the ever-increasing hostile moves and nuclear threat of the USA and defuse the danger of nuclear war looming over the Korean peninsula and the region". We consider it necessary to take all possible measures to preserve the non-proliferation regime.

After a meeting of the 28 European Union foreign ministers in Tallinn last week, Mogherini said work would begin on new measures against the North to add to the broad range of sanctions the bloc already has in place.

"Third, we will continue the discussion we launched last week on additional European Union sanctions to complement action decided by the Security Council and put maximum pressure on North Korea".

The proposal resembles the positions of Beijing and Moscow, who have unequivocally condemned North Korea's thermonuclear weapons tests yet have been vocal about the need to mitigate the escalating tensions by diplomatically engaging, rather than threatening, Pyongyang.

The Korea Meteorological Administration detected a magnitude 5.7 artificial natural disaster at 12:29 p.m. Sunday around the North's Punggye-ri nuclear site in North Hamgyeong Province.

In addition, according to figures from the International Trade Centre, a joint World Trade Organization-United Nations agency, the North imported $115m-worth of refined oil products - which could include petrol and aircraft fuel - from China past year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently expressed doubt over whether sanctions are an effective means of getting the North to stop its missile and nuclear testing, and China, harbouring similar concerns, has repeatedly hesitated in the past to fully support US sanction plans.

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