North Korea Threatens Unprecedented Suffering in Response to New UN Sanctions

The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) reacted to fresh United Nations sanctions by threatening to “make the [United States] suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history.”

While speaking at a disarmament conference in Geneva, Switzerland, North Korea’s U.N. ambassador Han Tae-Song strongly condemned the sanctions as “vicious.” On Monday, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to sanction North Korea’s textile exports and oil products, according to Yahoo! News.

Although the sanctions were the toughest in a long line of efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear program, they were scaled back in order to satisfy China and Russia. Those sanctions came less than a month after the Treasury Department targeted 10 entities and six individuals that did business with North Korea.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley previously indicated that more sanctions would be needed. “Enough is enough,” she told reporters after North Korea shot a missile over northern Japan.

On Monday, Haley warned that although the U.S. wasn’t looking for armed conflict, North Korea would face additional punishments if it continued on “its dangerous path.” “[T]he world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” she said.

“We are not looking for war. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return,” she also said.

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