North Korea warns of harsh response if new sanctions imposed

South Korean army's K-1 tanks move during a military exercise in Paju South Korea Tuesday Sept. 5 2017

At Thursday's White House press conference held with the Emir of Kuwait, the president said while "military action would certainly be an option" in dealing with North Korea, he added "nothing's inevitable".

But no weapons test was detected from North Korea as of Saturday afternoon, as people in capital Pyongyang went through customary practices of showing loyalty to late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the father of third-generation leader Kim Jong Un.

Just days after North Korea's nuclear test detonation, Han Tae Song, the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a disarmament conference the US could expect more "more gift packages".

Sources close to the president's national security team tell Newsmax the order was given to Pentagon brass in the wake of last month's threat by North Korea to fire a ballistic missile aimed at Guam, a US territory.

North Koreans celebrated the country's 69th founding anniversary on Sunday, but Pyongyang did not test another intercontinental ballistic missile, as South Korea had warned might happen. The dramatic escalation of North Korea's nuclear program should drive USA weapons sales in Asia, but analysts said many questions remain.

"These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. but we all know these steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively", Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote.

Even as Trump has insisted that now is not the time to talk, senior members of his administration have made clear that the door to a diplomatic solution is open, especially given the USA assessment that any pre-emptive strike would unleash massive North Korean retaliation.

The North's Foreign Ministry issued a statement early Monday saying it is watching the United States' moves closely and threatened it is "ready and willing" to respond with measures of its own.

Ethiopia's ambassador to the United Nations, the current Security Council president, confirmed Sunday that a Security Council vote would take place Monday.

An official at the Mexican foreign ministry noted, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto's government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea.

"Sanctions against North Korea are likely to fuel their cybercrime activity", said Bryce Boland, Singapore-based chief technology officer with FireEye.

Still he says, it's "nice" to get a 15-0 vote.

The United States wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers overseas, and to subject Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

The resolution also calls for a ban on North Korea's textile exports - its largest export after coal and other minerals in 2016.

The Washington Post notes that China, Pyongyang's prime trading partner and only real ally, has been reluctant to impose the sweeping sanctions proposed by the White House, which it fears could destabilize North Korea to the point of collapse. The two countries have been at loggerheads over South Korea's decision to deploy a USA anti-missile system/, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, which has a powerful radar that can probe deep into China.

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