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North Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

13 Setiembre 2017
North Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

Reiterates that "complete denuclearization" is the only path forward for the Kim Jong-un regimeThe Blue House praised the UN Security Council's adoption of Resolution 2375 imposing additional sanctions on North Korea as having been achieved "unanimously in a short period of time".

It's possible North Korea is either trying to run out the clock on the United States, betting on the unlikelihood of President Donald Trump resorting to the "fire and fury" response he threatened in August.

The resolution, though considered a watered-down version of the U.S. draft, will reduce oil provided to North Korea by around 30 percent, according to the U.S. mission to the United Nations, and cut off over 55 percent of refined petroleum products going to the country.

"We are not looking for war".

"We think it's just another very small step - not a big deal", Trump told reporters at the start of talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The DPRK is closely following the moves of the U.S. with vigilance.

The sanctions, which cap the country's oil imports, ban textile exports, and phase out the use of overseas North Korean labor, were somewhat softened in order to win votes from reluctant China and Russia.

UN member states are now required to halt imports of textiles from North Korea, its second largest export after coal and other minerals in 2016 that totalled $752 million and accounted for a quarter of its income from trade, according to South Korean data.

North Korea has also tested a missile capable of reaching the United States, but experts say it is likely to be at least a year before it can field an operational nuclear missile that could threaten America.

Though Russia voted in favor of the resolution on Monday, President Vladimir Putin earlier downplayed the effectiveness of sanctions given North Korea's unrelenting nuclear ambitions.

Haley said the resolution aimed to hit "North Korea's ability to fuel and fund its weapons programme".

The United States and its allies argue that tougher sanctions will pile pressure on Kim's regime to come to the negotiating table to discuss an end to its nuclear and missile tests.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi again called for talks "sooner rather than later".

"The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing the practical equilibrium with the U.S.", it said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

But analysts were sceptical about their impact.

Royce's committee has written a letter to the Trump administration listing large Chinese entities ripe for sanctions, including the Chinese Agricultural Bank and the China Merchant Bank, Rogin wrote.

Féron considered a number of possibilities to explain the growth - from the state paying below market wages to North Korea simply burning through its reserves.