Warning follows tough UN measures after the country’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests
North Korea has vowed to exact “thousands-fold” revenge against the US after the UN imposed new sanctions in response to the regime’s recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, the regime said the sanctions were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and part of a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the country.
On Saturday the UN security council unanimously backed new sanctions that could slash the regime’s $3bn in annual export revenue by a third. The measures target key export revenue earners such as coal, iron, lead and seafood – but not oil.
Pyongyang threatened to take “righteous action”, describing the sanctions as a “crime” for which the US would pay “thousands of times”.
The UN measures also forbid China, Russia and other countries from hiring any more North Korean labourers, whose remittances help fund the regime, as well as prohibit joint ventures with the country and any new investment in existing business partnerships.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, described the measures as “the single largest economic sanctions package ever levelled” against North Korea.