N. Korea vows to make U.S. pay for UN sanctions
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea vowed Monday to bolster its nuclear arsenal and gain revenge of a “thousandfold” against the United States in response to tough UN sanctions imposed following its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
The warning came two days after the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish North Korea, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, called the U.S.-drafted resolution “the single largest economic sanctions package ever levelled against” North Korea.
In a statement carried by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s government said the sanctions were a “violent infringement of its sovereignty” that was caused by a “heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle” the country.
“We will make the U.S. pay by a thousand-fold for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country,” the statement said.
The North said it would take an unspecified “resolute action of justice” and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or “flinch an inch” from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as U.S. hostility against North Korea persists.
South Korea’s government said the North would face stronger sanctions if it doesn’t stop its nuclear and missile provocation.
The centrepiece of the UN sanctions is a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood products — and a ban on all countries importing those products, estimated to be worth over $1 billion a year in hard currency. The resolution also bans countries from giving any additional permits to North Korean labourers, another source of foreign currency for the North, and prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korean companies. The launch in late July of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Inset, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reacted negatively to recent UN sanctions on that country’s nuclear arsenal.