North Korea tells United Nations they will make USA 'suffer the greatest pain'

North Korea tells United Nations they will make USA 'suffer the greatest pain'

North Korea said 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.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is "ready to use a form of ultimate means", Mr Han said, without elaborating. "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".

But even if the North acquires those technical capabilities, the likelihood it might attack the United States with a nuclear missile will remain exceedingly low, for one overriding reason: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is, as former Obama administration arms control director Jon Wolfsthal has explained in authoritative detail, neither insane nor suicidal.

Despite the vocal backing of the U.S., which proposed the sanctions, they could be vetoed by Russian Federation and China which have expressed skepticism about the harsh measures.

The watered-down resolution does not include sanctions the United States wanted on North Korea's national airline and the army.

"By all measures, the impact of the sixth test has been many times stronger and wider than the fifth conducted in September past year", Kang said.

Despite the impending vote on potentially painful economic sanctions, the atmosphere in Pyongyang over the weekend was one of celebration. It retains language reaffirming support for long-stalled six-party talks with that goal involving North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.

North Korea seems to be ramping up cyberattacks to steal Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that could be used to circumvent trade restrictions and worldwide sanctions and obtain hard currencies to fund the regime.

The sanctions caps oil exports, bans all textile exports, restrict future employment of North Koreans overseas, allow countries to inspect ships going and coming from North Korea but without using force, and add more weapons-related items and technologies to the list of items prohibited for transfer to Pyongyang.

"Russia is now a player in this realm", said Anthony Ruggiero, now a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Washington think tank.

North Korea detonated a huge H-bomb in an underground test facility in the north of the country last Sunday - and has vowed to launch an attack on the US Pacific island of Guam.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The latest proposed resolution seen by AFP would slap an embargo on natural gas exports to North Korea, place a ceiling on deliveries of refined oil products and cap crude oil shipments at their current level.

The Post cites USA court documents that describe a web of "front companies" formed by Russian citizens to specifically hide deals with North Korea.

The new sanctions follow North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date which the country had carried out on September 3. On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the security council should "make further responses" but didn't elaborate.

Over the weekend, leaders in France and Germany waded into the escalating crisis.

But its provisions are a significant climb-down from the very tough sanctions the Trump administration proposed last Tuesday, especially on oil, where a complete ban could have crippled North Korea's economy. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday also stressed the importance of diplomacy and offered to act as a facilitator if needed.

She said an agreement similar to the Iranian nuclear deal struck under the Obama administration could be the solution. The techniques and malware they used, including "Peachpit", had been linked to North Korea in earlier attacks.

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