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He said: "The Washington regime fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation, [is] obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK's development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase".
"The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", the ministry said.
Haley last week called the proposal "insulting" and said the United States has maintained that North Korea needs to halt their activities before talks can take place.
USA representative Nikki Haley said the resolution hit Pyongyang's ability to fuel and fund its nuclear programme, and would reduce by nearly half its supply of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil. Aggravating the matter was the North Korean government's own pronouncement that their missiles were capable of reaching US shores.
The resolution is created to accomplish six major goals: cap North Korea's oil imports, ban textile exports, end additional overseas laborer contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other nations and sanction designated North Korean government entities, according to a USA official familiar with negotiations.
However, Elleman said that USA missile sites in Alaska and California, as well as in Japan and South Korea, were likely to be given priority before Europe, when they are ready in 2018. However, a major concern for all the world leaders after the vote is whether the move would bring North Korea to the negotiating table.
The comments Tuesday came as North Korea faced renewed criticism at the Geneva-based body of its recent ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.
USA officials said the new United Nations sanctions - combined with earlier measures - would cut North Korean exports by 90 percent, pinching the regime's ability to get hard currency.
In reference to the new sanctions resolution adopted at the United Nations Security Council on Monday, Lee said the "choice is up to North Korea" to turn in the right direction and seek dialogue.
It will also ban the export of all textiles, the official said, noting that in 2016, the North Korean regime earned $760 million through those sales - making it the largest economic sector that UN Security Council had not yet touched.
"North Korea needs to realize that a reckless challenge against worldwide peace will only bring about even stronger global sanctions against it", the Blue House said.
China's Foreign Ministry showed public support for the UN sanctions, saying Tuesday in Beijing that they reflected the unanimous stance of UN Security Council members towards peace on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea Tuesday categorically rejected the new measures, with United Nations ambassador Han Tae-Song saying in Geneva that the USA had "fabricated the most vicious sanction resolution" and warning of retaliation.
For China, this turn of events has heightened the urgency of addressing the North Korea nuclear issue.
"One of the unfortunate things is that [the tweets] may encourage North Korean rulers to miscalculate in a very unsafe way", Eberstadt said.
Washington had sought authorisation for searches by force, which Koo said China and Russian Federation "strongly opposed". And now that there's a ban on textile exports, there is now a ban on every export in the North Korean market, which should start to send a message and warrant a positive response (well, or a negative one). Even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had earlier said that US was not aiming to destabilize North Korea or for a regime change in the country. Russia's envoy said Washington's unwillingness to have U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres try to resolve the dispute "gives rise to very serious questions in our minds".
"If South Korea, Japan, or both could have the USA deploy tactical nuclear weapons, that'll put pressure on Kim to come to dialogue", Lee said.
South Korea signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968.