North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has threatened “thousands-fold” revenge on the United States following United Nations sanctions on its exports.
The North Korean state-run media agency out of Pyongyang has vowed to attack the United States following a United Nations sanction that would cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions ban North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
“We are ready to retaliate with far bigger actions to make the U.S. pay a price for its crime against our country and people,” North Korea said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), adding that it would take a “stern action of justice” but did not elaborate.
It is not uncommon for Pyongyang’s rhetoric to be dramatic and over-the-top. And while North Korea continues to test missiles and expand its missile program, officials say the United States is ready to respond with greater force.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the sanctions over the weekend, and they are in response to Kim Jong Un’s two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.
Kim Jong Un has said his weapons are ready to attack “any place, any time.“
The ICMB tests are “meant to send a grave warning to the U.S.,” and Kim Jong Un “proudly” said that the tests confirm “all the U.S. Mainland is within our striking range,” according to the KCNA.
North Korea has also said it will never stop testing its weapons or deter its efforts to expand its missile program.
President Donald Trump on Monday had a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whom Trump said was “very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions.”
North Korea had its first successful test of an ICBM early in July.
On the eve of July Fourth, North Korea successfully tested its first Hwasong-14 missile, and Kim Jong Un reportedly said there are more “gifts” for the “American bastards.”
Its most recent test was July 28. That ICBM test landed in the Sea of Japan, but experts say it could have reached as far as New York City, based on how long it flew and distance travelled.
Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said that President Donald Trump says there will be war with North Korea over missiles, especially if North Korea continues to threaten to aim ICBMs at the U.S.