North Korea rejects UN sanctions and warns Washington

North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution on tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “most terrible pain” it has ever seen.

“The regime of Washington is excited about a political, economic and military confrontation and is obsessed with a wild game to re-establish the progress made by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in developing nuclear power, even though it has already reached the stage of completion,” North Korean ambassador Han Tae-sung told a UN-sponsored disarmament conference in Geneva.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved tougher sanctions against North Korea on Monday because of Pyongyang’s sixth and strongest nuclear test on Sept. 3, under which the United Nations imposed a ban on textile exports and restrictions on crude oil imports.

“I hope that the (North Korean) regime will listen to the message clearly and choose a different course,” Robert Woods, the US ambassador for disarmament affairs, told the forum in Geneva on Tuesday.