‘Thou­sand-fold’ re­venge

N. Korea vows to make U.S. pay for UN sanc­tions

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - HYUNG-JIN KIM

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.

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