This undated picture released from the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 8, 2014 shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (left) inspecting Korean People's Army (KPA) air and anti-air force unit 458 at an undisclosed place in the DPRK. (KCNA via KNS/AFP)
GENEVA - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the "greatest pain" it had ever experienced.
My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path
Robert Woods, US disarmament ambassador
Pyongyang's ambassador Han Tae-song, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, 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 Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against the DPRK on Monday over the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on Sept 3, imposing a ban on its textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.
Monday's resolution, the third Security Council action concerning the Asian country in five weeks, curtails the DPRK's overall oil supply by almost 30 percent through a 55-percent reduction of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil supplies, bans all its textile exports worth US$800 million and remittances from some 93,000 DPRK laborers from abroad.
With the new measures, 90 percent of the DPRK's exports are now banned, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told the council after the vote.
"My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path," US disarmament ambassador Robert Woods told the Geneva forum on Tuesday.