North Korea threatened Monday to inflict the "greatest pain" on the United States - ahead of a UN Security Council (UNSC) vote on punishing Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test. North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Han Tae Song, told a conference in Geneva: "The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history".
Mr Song said the unit could conduct cross-border raids with retooled helicopters and transport planes that could penetrate North Korea at night.
China, North Korea's sole ally and main trading partner, had strongly objected to an oil embargo initially sought by the United States out of fear it would bring the North's economy to its knees.
Kim, who has said he won't negotiate unless the US drops its "hostile policies", threw a banquet for nuclear scientists and technicians to celebrate the hydrogen bomb test, the official Korean Central News Agency reported yesterday. It has voted unanimously on a new sanctions resolution. "No one will defend us if we do not have the desire to defend themselves", he said.
Mr. Oba told us that he expects the rogue state to show "a provocative, but calculated response created to show domestic and global audiences it is not deterred by the latest round of sanctions".
But China and Russian Federation, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council, were wary of measures that would seriously destabilize North Korea, such as cutting off oil. Also, North Korea is shooting missiles to a higher altitude, making them harder to shoot them down.
"The sanctions do probably represent a significant reduction in oil products imports and use, relative to current levels", David von Hippel, a senior associate at Nautilus Institute said in an email.
McCain's comments were made Sunday on CNN as he called for the United States to increase its presence in the region and warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that his country could face "extinction" if it "acts in an aggressive fashion".
However, the article also notes that North Korea harshly punishes ordinary citizens found in possession of South Korean media, meaning Willink's idea could also get many people killed. A US proposal for a total oil embargo was dropped in exchange for Russian and Chinese support for the measure.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a conference hosted by CNBC on Tuesday that he would pursue sanctions against China if it does not adhere to the Security Council resolution.
South Korean officials had previously warned about the possibility of another intercontinental ballistic missile launch by the North, as a reaction to the United Nations sanctions and further escalation of the rigidity and anxiety with the US.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary-general, condemned North Korea's "reckless behaviour" on Sunday, claiming Kim Jong-un's actions present a global threat that requires a concerted worldwide response.
North Korea rejected the measure.
The U.S. side also backed off its proposal to require all countries to expel North Korean guest workers.
South Korea welcomed the resolution while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the sanctions were much stronger than earlier measures.
Kim has claimed the ability to fit a hydrogen bomb onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, but the US military says he has yet to master re-entry and guidance systems that would allow him to target an American city.