North Korea vows 'thousand-fold revenge' for sanctions

North Korea vows to bolster its nuclear arsenal after UN approves new sanctions against it.

Ben Ariel ,

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North Korea on Monday vowed to bolster its nuclear arsenal and gain revenge of a "thousand-fold" against the United States in response to new UN sanctions imposed on it.

In a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency and quoted by The Associated Press, North Korea's government said the sanctions were a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" that was caused by a "heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle" the country.

"We will make the U.S. pay by a thousand-fold for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country," the statement said.

The UN Security Council voted over the weekend to place new sanctions on North Korea.

The resolution, which was drafted by the U.S. and approved unanimously by the Security Council, imposes a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

It also imposes a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by North Korea.

The sanctions followed two recent tests by North Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The North said it would take an unspecified "resolute action of justice" and would never place its nuclear program on the negotiating table or "flinch an inch" from its push to strengthen its nuclear deterrence as long as U.S. hostility against North Korea persists.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho made similar comments during an annual regional security conference in Manila on Monday, noted AP.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday welcomed the new sanctions on North Korea, saying they send a message to Pyongyang that “we’re not playing anymore.”

Speaking to Fox News, Haley stressed that even after the tougher sanctions have passed, “all options” are still available, including a military one.

“The United States will respond based on North Korea’s actions. We hope that they don’t do anything further. We hope that they stop this reckless activity, we hope we don’t have to do anything, but all options have always been on the table and will continue to be on the table,” she said.