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N.Korea threatens United States over new sanctions


"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the ministry said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's formal name.

North Korea warned on Monday it would inflict "the greatest pain and suffering" on the United States if Washington persists in pushing for harsher UN sanctions following Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test.

Russian Federation and China, which is North Korea's biggest trade partner, favor a political solution and have said that additional sanctions would have a limited impact.

North Korea on Sunday announced it had conducted a "successful" hydrogen bomb test, hours after two tremors were detected in the country.

The United States on Friday told the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program, the US Mission to the United Nations said in a statement.

Defence Secretary James Mattis said last week: "We are never out of diplomatic solutions", perhaps in recognition that military options are restricted.

State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea's weapons development.

Ethiopia's ambassador to the United Nations, the current Security Council president, confirmed Sunday that a Security Council vote would take place Monday.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said last Monday that she meant to call for a vote on September 11 and then the United States circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member council on Wednesday.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines, shortly after the United States suggested that its threats of military action and sanctions were having an impact on Pyongyang's behavior.

The statement says both leaders stressed that the global community has condemned North Korea's "provocations".

Last Sunday, North Korea detonated a thermonuclear weapon.

North Korea offered fresh vitriol against the pending sanctions, specifically targeting Haley, who this week accused Kim of "begging for war".

"Even if Nikki Haley is blind, she must use her mouth correctly".

A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia or China to pass. South Korea has become one of the world's busiest trading hubs for cryptocurrencies, with Seoul-based Bithumb ranking as the world's largest exchange for the ethereum virtual currency.

Among these programs are the 26-year-old Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, (THAAD), whose "hit to kill" interceptors are created to shoot down an incoming missile through kinetic energy that explodes the missile on impact.

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