North Korea official blasts France over nuclear criticism

China: UN should take more action against North Korea

US seeks to freeze assets of North Korea's Kim Jong-un

North Korea vowed the United States would face "pain and suffering" if the United Nations approved tough new sanctions on the volatile regime Monday, with Pyongyang's threat coming even as Russian Federation and China worked to lessen the severity of the UN package and pushed for talks to solve the nuclear crisis.

North Korea's envoy to the United Nations has warned "forthcoming measures" will "make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.

"This is an illegal resolution", he said.

China's Foreign Ministry has said that it would support new United Nations measures as long as it promotes a political resolution.

The sanctions include reducing North Korea's oil imports, and banning the country from importing natural gas and exporting textiles.

North Korea has warned the United States will pay a "due price" if it succeeds in pushing harsher sanctions through the UN. The new sanctions impose a limit on deliveries of refined oil products and restricts crude oil shipments at their current level.

Peru on Monday ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave the country within five days because of Pyongyang's nuclear tests in defiance of the global community.

Nevertheless, US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea".

Pyongyang held a banquet, concert and performances in a weekend display of pageantry to celebrate the September 3 nuclear test, which the North said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto a rocket. Every other country in the six-party talks with North Korea that collapsed in 2009-South Korea, Russia, Japan, and China-should have more incentive to pursue a diplomatic solution than the United States does.

The UN had originally pushed for a strict oil embargo, as well as a freeze on the assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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

Some 93,000 North Koreans work overseas, providing Kim's regime with a source of revenue to develop its missile and nuclear programs, according to a USA official familiar with the negotiations.

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye march during a rally to call for her release and to oppose South Korean President Moon Jae-in's North Korea policy in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

In significant changes from the complete ban on all oil imports in the original US text, the revised resolution would require all countries to cap crude oil imports to North Korea at the level they supplied, sold or transferred during the 12-month period before the resolution's adoption.

He also stated that Washington is "obsessed with kindling a political, economic and military confrontation" against North Korea.

She said the U.S. doesn't take pleasure in strengthening sanctions and reiterated that the U.S. does not want war. He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" USA sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had invited Trump to visit China during their meeting in April in Palm Beach, Florida.

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