In response to the latest harsh sanctions on his country, the North Korean ambassador to the UN Han Tae Song said on Tuesday that the US will “suffer the greatest pain.”
“The forthcoming measures … will make the US suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history,” Han Tae Song added.
Han continues to bash the sanctions with harsh comments. He accused the sanctions to be “illegal and unlawful” and accused the US of firing up “for political, economic, and military confrontation.”
The South Korean government, on the other hand, has praised the sanctions and described it as a “strict warning from the international community”.
The foreign ministry of South Korea said, “North Korea should accept the strict warning from the international community that continued provocations only deepen the diplomatic isolation and economic pressure.”
The Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has applauded “a remarkably tough sanctions resolution”.
The PM Abe said, “It is important to put an unprecedented level of pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies.”
Meanwhile, an enraged statement from the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, the UN sanctions are “heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK of its legitimate right for self-defense and completely suffocating its state and people through a full-scale economic blockade.”
The statement added, the sanctions “verify that the road [North Korea] chose to go down was absolutely right and to strengthen its resolve to follow this road at a faster pace without the slightest diversion until this right to finish is over.”
The Chinese Xinhua news agency called on the US for communication with North Korea for a lasting solution. It said, “The US needs to switch from isolation to communication in order to end an ‘endless loop’ on the Korean Peninsula.”
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the strongest sanctions ever against North Korea:
- Oil/petroleum – 30% reduction provided to North Korea
- Textiles- full ban, almost $800 million in revenue
- 90% of North Korean exports now banned
- Overseas Laborers- full ban, almost $500 million in revenue
- End of all joint ventures with North Korea to cut off foreign investment
- Asset freezes on the regime