Russian, German leaders condemn North Korea's ignoring of UN resolutions

Trump's megaphone vs. North Korea's gunboat diplomacy

North Korea says it will make the United States pay a heavy price if a proposal Washington is backing to impose the toughest sanctions ever on Pyongyang is approved by the UN Security Council this week.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is shown by state media inspecting what it said was a hydrogen bomb. The U.S. and United Nations documents switch between referring to natural gas and natural gas liquids, which includes fuels like propane and butane.

The North's foreign ministry spokesman said the USA was "going frantic" to manipulate the Security Council over Pyongyang's nuclear test, which it said was part of "legitimate self-defensive measures".

"The Chinese side will never allow conflict or war on the peninsula", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on Tuesday.

That would amount to a 10 percent cut in oil products, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which estimates annual exports to North Korea at almost 2.2 million barrels.

The UN move was triggered by the North's sixth and largest nuclear test this month.

"The world will see how the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is arming the American guerrillas by taking a series of measures stronger than they imagined", he said. "There is now an investigation into exactly how the country has managed to make this leap in technological ability", he said last week while taking questions from MPs about the North Korea crisis. "They'll eat grass, but they won't abandon their program unless they feel secure".

That would mean halting massive joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises on North Korea's doorstep if the North halts its nuclear program. Republican Chairman Ed Royce said the US should target Chinese banks, including Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. and China Merchants Bank Co.

The new resolution calls for firing 93,000 North Korean workers employed overseas when their contracts expire.

In a statement published by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry warned Washington that if it did "rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the USA pays due price".

6 August: UN banned North Korean exports of coal, ore and other raw materials and limited investments in the country, costing Pyongyang an estimated $1bn - about a third of its export economy. It has voted unanimously on a new sanctions resolution. But what Kim hopes to use bitcoin for is much more troublesome. North Korea is 12.30 hrs ahead of NY time, known as EST.

Ri and Hong's roles have also been noted overseas, prompting the United Nations, the USA or South Korea to blacklist them. "When competition to have better weapons escalates, it's always the poorer one who gives up".

A series of UNSC resolutions have failed to curtail the reclusive state's rapid nuclear advancement, but the USA and its allies are now reportedly pushing to target North Korea's oil supply for a more effective strategy - even if it still requires the backing of China and Russian Federation, both of whom have expressed reservations.

Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the USA and South Korea freeze all military drills - which anger North Korea - and asked for a halt in the deployment of the controversial anti-missile system Thaad in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programmes.

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