United States lawmakers want tougher N Korea response

15 September, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

"A telling blow should be dealt to them who have not yet come to senses after the launch of our ICBM over the Japanese archipelago", said the spokesman, whose committee is an affiliate of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

USA defence analysts said satellite imagery confirmed that North Korea had resumed work at the nuclear testing site. "Let's reduce the U.S. mainland into ashes and darkness", it said. The UNSC took the step as Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month.

The threat was issued via its state news agency, as well as one to nuke Japan, after NBC reported USA defence officials' claims that the regime had spent the last 48 hours moving mobile missile launches, preparing sites for launch.

The statement also said the South Korean "puppet forces are traitors and dogs of the USA as they call for harsher "sanctions" on the fellow countrymen, adding that the "group of pro-American traitors should be severely punished and wiped out with fire attack so that they could no longer survive".

It said Tokyo should never be forgiven for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people" in an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression.

"To respond to North Korea by having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia", Moon said in an interview with CNN.

Japan criticised the North's statement harshly.

"It is something that markedly heightens regional tension and is absolutely unacceptable", Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said on Thursday. That was the result of opposition from China and Russian Federation, which are wary of putting too much economic pressure on North Korea.

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nation voting in favour of sanctions.

The latest sanctions also make it illegal for foreign firms to form commercial joint ventures with North Korean entities.

"How would we know if China is limiting crude oil exports if it doesn't report the data to begin with?" asked Kent Boydston, a research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

This week, analysts at 38 North, a monitoring service, said satellite images of North Korea's nuclear testing site showed the effects of the natural disaster caused by the most recent test, as well as preparations for "future underground nuclear testing".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the global community had reached a "high consensus" on trying to realise a peaceful solution.

The statement from the North Korean state-controlled news agency also had a disturbing message for Japan.



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