Outraged over new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in response to North Korea’s relentless tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, brutal dictator Kim Jong Un sent a threatening message to the U.S. on Monday, vowing to strike with “thousands-fold” revenge.
The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency called the new sanctions “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.
North Korea, which has been known to menacingly state that they’re going to send “gift packages” to the U.S., vowed to take “righteous actions” that would make America pay “thousands of times.”
This incensed response from the dangerous little country came after the sanctions were imposed and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded that North Korea halt its missile tests and begin negotiations instead.
Tillerson was at a regional security meeting in Manilla, Philippines when he made the comments and gave 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 did not give a concrete time frame for their cease-fire, only saying that when the time comes for talking, the U.S. will “know it when we see it.”
The Secretary of State also pointed out that the new sanctions imposed on North Korea over their recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests prove that there is indeed a common outlook on the situation among those in the international community.
The sanctions against North Korea include a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. This would take a huge chunk out of the country’s total exports, which were valued at $3 billion last year.
President Trump tweeted late Sunday that he spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-In and was “very happy and impressed” with the United Nations Security Council’s 15-0 vote to hit Kim Jong Un’s regime with the tough new sanctions.
The White House noted that Trump and Moon “committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the international community to do so as well.”
U.S. Ambassador 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.”
Haley told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the following:
“What we basically did was kicked them in the stomach, told them to stop and told them we are not going to put up with it anymore and the ball is now in North Korea’s court. They have a big decision to make. They can either respond by pulling back and say that they’re not going to be part of this reckless activity anymore or they can see where it goes, and we’ll continue to keep up the strength and keep up the activity to make sure that we stop them.”
China’s involvement in the sanctions is big, because they’ve traditionally been North Korea’s economic lifeline.
President Trump has been working to get the Chinese to help put the squeeze on North Korea; diplomatically and economically. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting with North Korea’s top diplomat during the gathering in Manila, urged the rogue regime to “maintain calm” despite the U.N. vote.
“Do not violate the U.N.’s decision or provoke international society’s goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests,” Wang stated directly to North Korea’s angry leader.
But Kim says the U.N. sanctions will never force him to negotiate over his nuclear program or to give up his nuclear ambitions, and that it will take an “action of justice,” but he didn’t elaborate.
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