North Korea threatens to destroy US, Japan

N/Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions

International law and the DPRK's nuclear policy

Claiming that the United States was the "chief culprit in cooking up" the sanctions resolution, the statement noted that the army and the people of North Korea are unanimously demanding that Washington "be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog".

'There's limit to patience. In an one-on-one interview with CNN on Thursday afternoon, President Moon said he doesn't agree Seoul needs to develop its own nuclear weapons or relocate U.S.' tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula as such move could lead to a nuclear arms race in the region.

In response, the KAPPC threatened to "reduce the United States mainland into ashes and darkness".

Leader Kim Jong Un said that test was a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam.

Despite the North's threats, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he was against having nuclear weapons in his country, either by developing its own arsenal or bringing back USA tactical nuclear weapons that were withdrawn in the early 1990s.

The latest threat, which is expected to heighten tensions in the Pacific came in a statement issued by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

It added: 'Let's vent our spite with mobilisation of all retaliation means which have been prepared till now.

"The behaviours of Japanese, sworn enemy of the Korean nation, are enraging us". The wicked Japs should not be pardoned...

"The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", the committee said, in a statement carried by official KCNA news agency.

The new measures target major goods that North Korea buys and sells, but they don't go as far as the US wanted.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launch at the time, while US President Donald Trump reiterated that "all options" were under consideration in responding to North Korea's provocations.

The North's foreign ministry condemned the new measures "in the strongest terms", calling them a "full-scale economic blockade" driven by the USA and aimed at "suffocating" its state and people.

"This is in order to make the right conditions for dialogues and I would like to emphasize this", he said.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously passed new sanctions against North Korea, banning textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to Pyongyang in an effort to cripple the nation's economy, thereby pressuring it to cease its nuclear efforts.

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