Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

North Korea warns of revenge 'thousand-fold'

North Korea warns of revenge 'thousand-fold'

Tillerson said the USA would be monitoring implementation of the sanctions to ensure that they are enforced by all countries.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday over its continued missile tests that could slash the reclusive country's $3-billion USA annual export revenue by a third.

He said that it is a good sign that Pyongyang's top diplomat was in the meeting and had the chance to listen to other countries' views on the situation on the peninsula.

North Korea is likely to ideal a nuclear-armed missile that could strike the USA within one to two years, according to US and South Korean government estimates.

The Korean Central News Agency warned that the USA will "pay the price for its crime ... thousands of times" and threatened to teach the US a "decisive act of justice". "Not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

"China fears that if they put too much pressure on the Kim regime, it could collapse", Kazianis said.

Last week, Tillerson said North Korea needed to cease both its missile launches and nuclear weapons tests for talks to begin.

The US secretary of state said this week that such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that the conditions for such talks have not yet been met by North Korea's government.

On Saturday, ASEAN ministers expressed "grave concern" about escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July and two recent nuclear tests.

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But Tillerson also has pointedly stated several times that the United States does not seek regime change or a rapid reunification of the two Koreas, which have been in a state of suspended hostility since an armistice was declared in 1953.

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Mr Ri was avoided by Mr Tillerson, who skipped a group dinner attended by his North Korean counterpart.

"It was a good outcome", Tillerson said of the United Nations vote, before a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha.

Kang told CNN the meeting was "unplanned" and only lasted a "couple of minutes".

"It's certainly a good step that they've moved ahead to broaden the sanctions", Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Susan Thornton told reporters Sunday, "but the implementation is something that we'll be tracking and taking action on as necessary", including possible unilateral USA sanctions on Chinese banks, firms and individuals.

But Tillerson said Pyongyang must halt ballistic missile tests if it wanted to talk to Washington about resolving the stand-off.

As an aide to President Roh Moo-hyun, Moon helped craft the so-called "Sunshine Policy", which called for an increase of engagement in the political and economic spheres.

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Pyongyang's consultative council was formed to expressly deal with South Korea, according to South Korean news service Newsis.

South Korea's former foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, also talked briefly with Ri at the same forum a year ago.

Earlier, China's foreign minister said new UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve the issue, now at a "critical juncture".

Wang said Tillerson's "Four Nos" promise was a positive signal.

"I'm not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks".

Jay Lefkowitz, a former US special envoy on human rights in North Korea, said China's efforts were encouraging but he questioned the value.

"It appears Beijing bought time and averted more sanctions on Chinese banks facilitating North Korean access to the worldwide financial system", she said.

"Sanctions are necessary but in no way the ultimate objective".

In an objective, fair and responsible manner, China has made great efforts in dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang said.

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