North Korea threatens United States with 'great pain & suffering' over pending sanctions

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The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on a new resolution on Monday in NY, which puts caps on exports of crude oil and petroleum products to North Korea in response to the country's defiant nuclear test earlier in the month, news reports said.

The measures were approved unanimously on Monday.

According to figures from the International Trade Centre, a joint World Trade Organization-United Nations agency, the North imported Dollars 115 million-worth of refined oil products - which could include petrol and aircraft fuel - from China past year.

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.

2 June 2017: United Nations imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations.

Nuclear disarmament campaigner John Hallam said there were a few countries, including Iran, which could be among those helping North Korea.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo told the National Assembly Defense Committee on September 4 that US tactical nuclear weapons "should be regarded as one of many ways" to deter the North.

But it reportedly dropped the travel ban and asset freeze for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which was initially proposed in the first draft authored by the Untie States. And it's unlikely to persuade Kim to halt his nuclear program and return to the negotiating table.

But she also held out the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

The United States has said that a previous round of sanctions agreed in August was aimed at cutting North Korea's$3 billion in exports by a third.

"It's a partial victory", Richardson said Tuesday on Bloomberg TV.

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Meanwhile, if North Korea does want to negotiate, it has to make some "meaningful concession" and not keep "cheating" on worldwide sanctions, added Kelly.

"The forthcoming measures to be taken by [North Korea] will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the foreign ministry said in the statement.

"In case the United States eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful "resolution" on harsher sanctions, the DPRK (North Korea) shall make absolutely sure that the United States pays due price", the spokesman told the official KCNA news agency.

The resolution bans the import and export of textiles - both fabric and clothing - by the North. "This was a small step in that process, and we're hoping that they'll all take a greater role and a more active role in putting pressure on North Korea".

The eight-member panel of experts said it is also investigating the widespread presence of North Koreans in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Syria, 'including their involvement in prohibited activities'.

"The textile sanctions actually might have more impact, as they are probably a good source of value-added income - value added by people you don't have to pay much - for the regime", he said.

Russian Federation and China's efforts to temper the U.N sanctions further muddles the issue.

Mr Johnson said the new measures were "the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century".

The resolution also bans North Korea from exporting all textiles anywhere in the world, as second largest export commodity. "We remain open to negotiations towards that goal". While the United States and China agree that the Korean peninsula should be rid of nuclear weapons, they differ on how best to achieve that.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany conducted long-running talks with Iran that led to a 2015 deal for global sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear activities. The body's five permanent members - the US, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russian Federation - all hold the power to veto a resolution.

Haley has called the proposal insulting.

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