AMMAN — North Korea Monday warned it will inflict "the greatest pain and suffering" on the United States if Washington continues to call for new UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test.
"In case the US eventually does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution' on harsher sanctions, North Korea shall make absolutely sure that the US pays due price," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency.
The ministry added that North Korea "has developed and perfected the super-powerful thermonuclear weapon as a means to deter the ever-increasing hostile moves and nuclear threat of the US", and to "defuse the danger of nuclear war looming over the Korean peninsula".
The US "is trying to use Pyongyang's legitimate self-defensive measures as an excuse to strangle and completely suffocate it", the ministry noted.
"The forthcoming measures to be taken by North Korea will cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history," the statement said.