U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley reveals more details about the tough sanctions North Korea is about to get, after the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to impose them.
North Korea said Monday it will launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States, after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs.
The statement came after the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new U.S.-drafted sanctions Saturday, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion.
“We are ready to retaliate with far bigger actions to make the U.S. pay a price for its crime against our country and people,” the reclusive nation warned, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
It said it would take a “stern action of justice.”
North Korea regularly uses flamboyant language to make threats against the U.S. and the West.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that the North could show it is ready for dialogue by stopping the missile tests.
“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
Tillerson made the comments as he attended the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila.
“We’re not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks,” Tillerson said when asked about a time frame.
“This is not a ‘give me 30 days and we are ready to talk.’ It’s not quite that simple. So it is all about how we see their attitude toward approaching a dialogue with us.”
In a phone call Sunday, President Trump and Moon Jae-in, his South Korean counterpart, “affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world,” according to a White House statement.
“The leaders committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the international community to do so as well,” the statement added.
“Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations…