North Korea;s foreign relations and propaganda agency issued threats of war and annihilation against Japan, the US, and the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Pyongyang’s so-called Asia-Pacific Committee threatened Washington with an attack that would reduce the US to “ashes and darkness” and would “sink” Japan’s four islands. Pyongyang also dismissed the UN Security Council as a corrupt “instrument of evil.”
Since N. Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3, Washington has called for a resolute reaction to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Following diplomatic consultations, Russia and China have joined the US initiative for further sanctions.
The new sanctions approved last Monday, September 11, target textiles, that is, N. Korea’s biggest export after coal. 80% of these textiles are exported to China.
Moreover, sanctions will caps fuel imports to two million barrels a year and make it illegal for foreign firms to form joint ventures with N. Korean companies.
Initially, Washington also wanted a UNSC Resolution that would impose a travel ban to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and freeze the assets of four NorthKorea officials. However, the US agreed to scale down its initial proposal to achieve unanimity.