Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

McCain to North Korea: Aggression will lead to 'extinction'

McCain to North Korea: Aggression will lead to 'extinction'

North Korea on Tuesday blasted "vicious" sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council over its latest and most powerful nuclear test, threatening revenge against Washington, who it blamed for leading the charge.

Western diplomats considered the vote to be a win for worldwide unity in the face of North Korea's provocations and pointed out that it represented the harshest sanctions regime imposed on the state to date.

It is the ninth Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea, whose nuclear and ballistic missile tests violate previous Security Council directives.

"We do not take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".

The resolution was passed by the UN Security Council in an anonymous vote.

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Kim Jong-un's Workers' Party of Korea is "closely following the moves of the U.S. with vigilance" according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The U.S. has signaled its impatience with the United Nations process of talks and sanctions which appear to have done nothing to curtail the pace of North Korea's weapons development program. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China.

Echoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford's statement that the "US is focused on a peaceful way ahead", Haley said the United States is not seeking to participate in a war on the Korean Peninsula unless it crosses the line with respect to its nuclear program.

"We now will implement new United Nations sanctions as we have always done before", Mogherini said.

At stake is whether China and Russian Federation would allow much tougher sanctions against North Korea, such as caps on exports.

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However, China's official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary that the Trump administration was making a mistake by rejecting diplomatic engagement with the North. It is significant that Italy's United Nations ambassador, who chairs the committee, has pointed out that North Korea remains capable of evading the sanctions. "It is their continued, illegal and aggressive actions that have brought us to this point, and it is North Korea that must change its course".

On Monday (local time), the UNSC unanimously adopted Resolution 2375 that includes a freeze on its imports of crude oil at the current levels of 4 million barrels a year and a cap on imports of refined petroleum products at 2 million barrels annually.

According to Seoul's defense ministry, North Korea retains about 6,800 agents in its cyber operations department.

The United States called for a vote Monday on new U.N. sanctions against North Korea, though exactly what measures would be in the resolution remained a mystery.

In a statement on a possible ramping up of sanctions, North Korea's foreign ministry promised moves that would "cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

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Pyongyang claims it tested a hydrogen bomb capable of sitting atop a ballistic missile. "There will always be holes", she said. North Korea has been hit by a new set of United Nations sanctions following the country's latest nuclear test on 3 September.

Conversely, the US must deal with the bellicose rhetoric from North Korea which routinely threatens to strike the United States.

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