North Korea warned of counter-attack if should the United Nations Security Council approves the US proposal for harsher sanctions
Korean Central News Agency declared that Kim Jong Un’s regime “is closely following the moves of the U.S. with vigilance.” It added: “In case the U.S. eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’ on harsher sanctions, the DPRK shall make absolutely sure that the U.S. pays a due price.”
“The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the U.S. the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history,” KCNA reported.
The US called for a vote on a draft resolution that would tighten sanctions on North Korea, as it has repeatedly tested bombs and missiles. Kim threw a banquet during the weekend to reward the scientists and engineers behind the test that took place on September 3rd, which North Korea claims it was a hydrogen bomb.
As a response, both the US and Japan want the Security Council to implement stronger measures against North Korea, which includes bans on oil imports, exports of textiles and employment of guests workers by other countries. Moreover, freezing Kim’s assets is also on the table.
However, it is still unclear whether the proposal will pass or not. Both China and Russia have expressed their skepticism regarding North Korea’s actions. They do not believe that tougher sanctions will stop them.
Vladimir Putin said that more sanctions wouldn’t work, while China is cautious when it comes to cutting off Kim’s economic lifeline to the point where it risks collapsing his regime.