North Korea has issued a thinly veiled threat to further strengthen its missile and nuclear weapons programs in response to the toughest ever United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test.
The North accused the United States of "cooking up" the latest restrictive measures against it and demanded that the United States be beaten "to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog".
Pyongyang was punished through oil trade restrictions among other measures adopted by the United Nations Security Council after the North's most powerful nuke test to date on September 3.
It then said, "The four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche".
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is considering unilateral sanctions against Chinese trading companies engaged in crude oil trade with North Korea, according to sources close to the U.S. government.
Earlier this month, South Korea's defense minister suggested it was worth reviewing the redeployment of US tactical nuclear weapons on the peninsula in order to deter threats from the North, something conservative US Sen. "Our army and people's resentment at the South Korean puppet regime is getting stronger", the statement said.
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"There's always the risk of unexpected developments that may push or force the South Korean government to allow conflicts to happen, but at this point in time, we don't think the risks are that high - at least not high enough for us to reflect it in our ratings", he said in the interview.
Japan criticised North Korea's threats stating that this will just increase regional tension. Let's reduce the USA mainland into ashes and darkness.
Japanese officials strongly condemned the statement, labelling it "extremely provocative and egregious". Together with China, Russia has repeatedly proposed a double-freeze plan, calling for the simultaneous suspension of Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and a halt in joint US-South Korea military exercises.
On Aug. 22, the US government unilaterally sanctioned Russian firms engaged in crude oil trade with North Korea, freezing their assets among other measures.
Putin iterated that North Korea is not going to give up its nuclear arsenal, regardless of how many sanctions are imposed on it. As CNN writes in an article "Will latest United Nations sanctions make Kim Jong Un sweat?"
However, North Korea remains defiant as its state-run KCNA news agency carried a statement from the authoritarian regime's foreign relations body dated Wednesday.