North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions on Monday, vowing to strike the U.S. with “thousands-fold” revenge. This comes after the United Nations placed sanctions on the communist country after recent ballistic missile tests.
The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency described the sanctions as “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.
North Korea, which consistently threatens to send “gift packages” to the U.S., promised to take “righteous actions” that would make America pay “thousands of times.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded the rogue nation halt its missile tests so the U.S. and North Korea could start negotiations. This led to the threats from North Korea.
Tillerson made the comments at a regional security meeting in Manilla, Philippines, and offered his most specific outline to date of what preconditions the U.S. has for talks with Pyongyang. He said stopping the launches would be the “first and strongest signal.”
He also mentioned that it would not be as simple as the dictatorship simply stopping launches for a few days or weeks, saying that he would not give a concrete time frame but that the U.S. will “know it when we see it.”
The secretary of state also applauded the U.N.’s most recent sanctions imposed on North Korea over their recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, saying that it leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind whether there is a common view on the matter among the international community.
The sanctions against the communist regime include a ban on coal and other exports worth more than $1 billion — a huge portion in the country’s total exports which is valued at $3 billion last year.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the resolution “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime” and “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”