North Korea threatens to teach US a ‘severe lesson’ with nuclear weapons | World | News

In a statement from the hermit state this morning the country, run by Kim Jong-un, also said it would not put its nuclear programme on the negotiating table.

A transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new UN sanctions “fabricated” and warned there would be “strong follow-up measures” and acts of justice.

It said the resolution showed the United Nations had abused its authority.

It said its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July proved the entire United States was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defence as the US posed a real threat.

The comments come in response to the UN Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose new sanctions on the regime on Saturday in an attempt to put pressure on Pyongyang and bring about the end of its nuclear weapons programme.

Earlier today Britain put its weight behind the move with a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May saying countries should implement the agreed sanctions “swiftly and robustly”.

The US-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood following Pyongyang’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the support of China and Russia for the latest UN sanctions sent a strong message to North Korea about what was expected of it.

Mr Tillerson told reporters in Manila, the Philippines: “When the conditions are right, then we can sit and have a dialogue around the future of North Korea so they feel secure and prosper economically.

“The best signal that North Korea can give us that they are prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.”

He said “other means of communications” were open to Pyongyang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in an hour-long telephone call today.

President Moon was also cited as saying there was a need to show North Korea the door to dialogue is still open, should Pyongyang give up its nuclear programme. 

In a separate statement, the White House said the two leaders “affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South…

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