14 September, 2017
North Korea's embassy in Lima declined comment.
"The Washington regime is fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation...obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase", he continued.
He said the Norths access to hard currency was its Achilles heel. He urged the administration to dramatically ramp up US sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks.
Pyongyang's drive to stage a slew of brazen tests in recent months, which contravene existing United Nations sanctions, has sparked surging tensions over the country's weapons programme.
The UN sanctions passed against North Korea on Monday bans textile exports and restricts shipments of oil products to Pyongyang.
Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "categorically rejected" what he called an "illegal resolution".
The original US draft would also have frozen the assets of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the Korean People's Army and five other powerful military and party entities.
The US Geological Service put the magnitude of the resulting quake at 6.3, and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation and Norwegian agency NORSAR had raised their initial figures to 6.1. However, the new resolution has set a cap on crude oil exports to North Korea at current levels.
Last Tuesday, the USA circulated a draft resolution proposing a ban on all oil and natural gas exports to the country and a freeze on all foreign financial assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong-un.
"If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. worldwide dollar system", Mnuchin said, referring to a particularly harsh form of punishment that has been used by the USA against rogue states like Iran.
Haley said the US doesn't take pleasure in strengthening sanctions and reiterated that the USA does not want war.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the council after the vote that "we don't take pleasure in further strengthening sanctions today".
The North says it needs nuclear arms to protect itself, but the United States has accused the country of "begging for war". She said the US would continue to act to disrupt North Koreas illicit activities wherever they are located. He expressed hope that the United States will pledge not to seek regime change or North Korea's collapse. "The choice is theirs".
Further, on Tuesday, a South Korean presidential office spokesman said, "North Korea needs to realise that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger sanctions against them".
Last month, the Treasury and Justice Departments announced legal measures against Russian nationals accused of working with North Korea to circumvent the global sanctions. Exports of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and the sale of statues were also banned.
"We know the Americans may come back with many more sanctions but in response we Koreans will continue shooting up many more missiles and conducting many more H-bomb tests", North Korean shop assistant Han Myong Sim told CNN's Will Ripley.
North Korea commemorated the 69th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, holding large patriotic displays of dancing and devotion to the Kim family. The council banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.
He said South Korea respects the consensus reached by the worldwide community.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stressed the need for consensus and maintaining peace.