The United States will pay a “due price” if harsh sanctions against North Korea are agreed at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York Monday.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the US “does rig up the illegal and unlawful ‘resolution'” it would respond in kind.
“The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means,” the statement said, referring to the country by its official name the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“The forthcoming measures to be taken by the DPRK will cause the US the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history.”
The UN Security Council is due to vote Monday on new restrictions on the rogue state, including an oil embargo, a ban on North Korean laborers and an asset freeze on leader Kim Jong Un.
Despite the vocal backing of the US, which proposed the sanctions, they could be vetoed by Russia and China which have expressed skepticism about the harsh measures.
The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea following the country’s latest nuclear test, its largest yet, which took place just over a week ago.
The device, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb, was detonated on Sunday September 3 with a yield of over 100 kilotons, many times stronger than their previous nuclear tests.
Speaking on Monday, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said North Korea’s nuclear arsenal was “the biggest challenge to our foreign affairs and security front and will continue to be so for many years to come.”
But Kang added both the US and South Korea believed in following a policy of “responding firmly provocations through tough sanctions while leaving the door open for dialogue.”