North Koreans celebrate holiday with familiar routines


The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea in a watered-down resolution that eliminated a ban on all oil imports and an global asset freeze on the government and leader Kim Jong Un that the Trump administration wanted.

The North is "ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means", the report adds.

"The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the USA suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history", he said.

The United States officially requested the UNSC to vote on its draft resolution Monday.

"We also won't open new accounts now".

The final resolution adopted by the security council on Monday imposed a ban on oil condensates exports to the regime, capped refined petroleum exports at 2m barrels a year - cutting existing export levels by half - and maintaining worldwide exports of crude oil to North Korea at existing levels, about 4m barrels a year.

In order for the resolution to be adopted, more than nine of the 15 permanent as well as non-permanent members of the Security Council must vote in favor of further sanctions. It has voted unanimously on a new sanctions resolution.

The draft resolution appears to have been weakened in a bid to appease North Korea's ally China and Russian Federation following negotiations during the past few days. China, which supplies oil to the North, also likely would have used its veto power if the strict oil sanctions had made it into the final draft. Both had expressed skepticism over the strict sanctions.

Moscow has long objected to US missile shield plans, saying their real aim is to neutralize Russia's own nuclear arsenal, rather than meet the perceived threat from "rogue states".

Sir Michael said that North Korea did "not yet" have the ability to strike London, but added: "They are clearly accelerating their missile programme".

In a statement on a possible ramping up of sanctions, North Korea's foreign ministry promised moves that would "cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

The test sent powerful tremors across the region, suggesting the device used was the most powerful the nation has ever tested.

The celebrations followed an announcement by the nation's state media claiming the regime had detonated a hydrogen bomb with "perfect success".

"North Korea is behaving very badly and it's got to stop", Trump said at the press conference.

"There is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united", he told reporters.

But with Berlin, Paris and London potentially within striking distance of North Korea's missiles from next year, officials say the USA -led alliance's system needs more radars and special interceptors to destroy a rocket from Pyongyang.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary-general, condemned North Korea's "reckless behaviour" on Sunday, claiming Kim Jong-un's actions present a global threat that requires a concerted worldwide response. He added that should the USA military unleash its might on North Korea; it would be a sad day for Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in this undated image released on September 10.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Monday North Korea is on a "reckless path" with its continued nuclear and missile provocations in defiance of worldwide condemnation.

Talking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper in an article published on Sunday, Ms Merkel stressed that a diplomatic solution was the only viable way to resolve the crisis.

"Knowing the North Koreans as I do, they're going to do a missile test any day now.", Richardson said. Under the deal, Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

This will not only starve the regime of any revenues generated through such arrangements, it will now stop all future foreign investments and technology transfers to help North Korea's nascent and weak commercial industries, according to a United States factsheet.