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North Korea rejects UN bans, warns US of ‘great pain’

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Japan’s UN Ambassador Koro Bessho and other diplomats rise their hands as they vote at a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s new sanctions on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Japan’s UN Ambassador Koro Bessho and other diplomats rise their hands as they vote at a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s new sanctions on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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North Korea has denounced a United Nations Security Council vote approving a Washington-drafted resolution for more anti-Pyongyang sanctions, warning that the US will soon face the “greatest pain” it has ever experienced.

Han Tae-song, the ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, made the comments on Tuesday at the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

“The Washington regime fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation,” said the diplomat, accusing Washington of being “obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK’s development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase.”

He categorically rejected “the latest illegal and unlawful UN Security Council resolution.”

The North 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.”

On Monday, the 15-nation UN body unanimously approved the US-drafted resolution to step up the bans against Pyongyang more than a week after the North’s sixth and biggest nuclear test.

Ahead of the Security Council vote, Pyongyang had warned the United States that it would pay a “due price” for spearheading efforts on the sanctions, stressing once again that its nuclear program was part of its “legitimate self-defensive measures.”

Following the vote, South Korea and Japan expressed satisfaction with the United Nations Security Council’s vote.

South Korean and Japanese officials said their countries were ready to exert even more pressure on the North if it refuses to stop its nuclear and missile programs.

Park Su-hyun, a spokesman for the South Korean president, held a news briefing on Tuesday and said Pyongyang needs to realize that a reckless challenge against international peace will bring about even stronger international sanctions against it.

It is significant that China and Russia agree on the need for stronger restrictive measures than previous ones, said the spokesman, adding that Seoul respects the consensus reached by the international community on the North Korea issue.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also said on Tuesday that he highly appreciates “a remarkably tough sanctions resolution.” He added that “it is important to put an unprecedented level of pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies.”

The resolution adopted Monday was a watered-down version of an initial US-proposed text. The original draft was reportedly revised in order to win the support of China and Russia.

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