North Korea warns the US will suffer 'the greatest pain' if new sanctions imposed

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North Korea today warned the US will suffer “the greatest pain” if it continues to push for fresh sanctions on the isolated regime following its latest nuclear test. 

Diplomats said the UN Security Council would vote later today on new sanctions.

Washington called for a halt to oil exports to North Korea and a freeze on the assets of its leader, Kim Jong-un, according to a draft resolution leaked to the media.

However a proposed resolution appears to have been watered watered down to placate Russia and China, which both have veto powers.

Reuters said it no longer proposes blacklisting Mr Kim and relaxes sanctions earlier proposed on oil and gas, but does proposes a ban on textile exports.

Pyongyang claims it tested a hydrogen bomb earier this month that can be loaded onto an intercontinental missile [ICBM], drawing widespread condemnation and increasing pressure on President Trump to respond.

Show of strength: A South Korean missile is launched during a display last week aimed at warning North Korea (EPA)

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency today, North Korea’s foreign ministry warned the US that if it “did rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution’ on harsher sanctions, the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) shall make absolutely sure that the US pays a due price.”

It added: “The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it has ever gone through in its entire history.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed the need for consensus and maintaining peace.

“I have said before that China agrees that the UN Security Council should make a further response and necessary actions with respect to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test,” he told reporters.

“We hope Security Council members on the basis of sufficient consultations reach consensus and project a united voice.

“The response and actions the Security Council makes should be conducive to the denuclearisation of the peninsula, conducive to safeguarding the peace and stability of the peninsula, and conducive to push forward the use of peaceful and political means to resolve the peninsula nuclear issue.”

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