US threatened with ‘greatest pain’

North Korea yesterday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions, and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced.

The Security Council had earlier unanimously stepped up sanctions against the North over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, imposing a ban on its textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

“My delegation condemns in the strongest terms, and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution,” Pyongyang’s ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

Han accused the US administration of being “fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation,” and of being “obsessed with the wild game of reversing [North Korea’s] development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase.” North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on September 3, which it claimed to be an advanced hydrogen bomb.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is “ready to use a form of ultimate means,” Han said, without elaborating.

“The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history,” he said.

China’s UN Ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called on North Korea to “take seriously the expectations and will of the international community” to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile development, and called on all parties to remain “cool- headed” and not stoke tensions.

Liu said relevant parties should resume negotiations “sooner rather than later.”

To kick-start talks, China and Russia have proposed a dual suspension of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile testing, as well as American and South Korean military exercises.


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