Pyongyang threatens USA with 'greatest pain'

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

When the United States first circulated a draft resolution it called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un, the Worker's Party and the government of North Korea.

Russian Federation and China both say they respect UN sanctions and have called on the United States to return to negotiations with North Korea.

The resolution imposes a ban on condensates and natural gas liquids, a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products, and a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.

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.

"It's been a long, long time of waiting for China to comply with the sanctions that we pass and, frankly, with the sanctions that the United Nations passed", he said.

In a separate KCNA commentary released late Saturday, the North said that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump "has not yet fully understood the meaning and stern warning" it issued via its "ICBM-ready hydrogen bomb test". Pyongyang added in the statement that Washington will pay a heavy price for the new measures against the Kim regime. They also want to freeze Kim's assets. We consider it necessary to take all possible measures to preserve the non-proliferation regime. The U.S. proposed slashing projects employing North Korean workers overseas, but instead accepted sanctions aimed at gradually scaling them back.

"Because we firmly support our respected supreme leader comrade Kim Jong Un, our country will become stronger as a self-reliant nuclear power, and we will have a great future, " said Pak Kum Hyang, a Pyongyang citizen who came up the city's Mansu Hill to visit the bronze statues of the late leaders.

Washington so far has mostly held off on new sanctions against Chinese banks and other companies doing business with North Korea, given fears of retaliation by Beijing and possibly far-reaching effects on the world economy.

But Kang added both the US and South Korea believed in following a policy of "responding firmly (to) provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue".

In the western Japanese city of Osaka - home to the country's largest population of ethnic Koreans - few are willing to talk publicly about North Korea, and those that do have mixed views on Pyongyang's actions.

In contrast, the U.S. Committee on Armed Services chairman Senator John McCain, told reporters of the need to boost weapons shipments to South Korea while adding that China could face U.S. measures curbing bilateral trade if it fails to convince Pyongyang to "put the brakes on" its weapons programs.

It also followed a decision by Mexico last week to expel the North Korean ambassador on its territory. Almost 80 percent went to China.

Monday's measures come on top of sanctions agreed to by the United Nations five weeks ago that were expected to cut roughly $1 billion from the country's $US3 billion in annual export revenue.

Haley struck a softer tone Monday than she had last week, when she said Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" and USA patience was "not unlimited". Trump has said that all option are on the table with North Korea, even military ones.

US officials have rejected China and Russia's proposal for the suspension of its large-scale military drills on the Korean peninsula in exchange for North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.

Mr. Ascione also argued that the USA should brace for "a worst case scenario on the Korean peninsula".

"If China gets on board with an oil embargo, and if the aim is to cripple to North Korean economy, then the global community should position such pressure within a broader strategy towards realizing a negotiated settlement and should bolster multilateral contingency planning", Mr. Ascione explained.

Beijing and Moscow have called for a resolution that focuses on a political solution and have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea halting their joint military exercises - an initiative rejected by the Donald Trump administration.

"It does sound like US patience is running out", Ruggiero said.



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