North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

North Korea threatens 'pain and suffering' ahead of United Nations sanctions vote

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. Almost 80 percent of the textile exports went to China. The final text only lists one of those officials.

The tensions have weighed on global markets, but on Monday there was some relief among investors that North Korea did not conduct a further missile test this weekend when it celebrated its founding anniversary.

China has pressured South Korean businesses via boycotts and bans since Seoul decided a year ago to deploy a US -made missile defense system as a deterrent to North Korea. Russia's exports of crude oil to North Korea are about 40,000 tonnes a year. The initial draft proposed he be subjected to a travel ban and asset freeze along with four other North Korea officials.

The Arizona senator says the USA should provide missile defense in South Korea and continue working with China "to put the brakes on Kim Jong Un" and his efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The new draft drops sanctions on the airline and army and would only add the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the party's powerful Organisation and Guidance Department and its Propaganda and Agitation Department to the sanctions blacklist.

North Korea has warned the United States will pay a "due price" if it succeeds in pushing harsher sanctions through the UN. John McCain says the USA needs to step up actions against North Korea and send a message to leader Kim Jong Un that aggressive acts will lead to his country's destruction. They have proposed a freeze-for-freeze that would halt North Korean nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the US and South Korea stopping their joint military exercises - but the Trump administration has rejected the initiative.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said last week during a visit to Russia that shutting off North Korea's supply of oil was inevitable this time to bring Pyongyang to talks and he called for Russian President Vladimir Putin's support.

The final draft also adds language underscoring the Security Council's commitment to North Korea's sovereignty and territorial integrity, to "a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation", and "its concern that developments on the Korean Peninsula could have unsafe, large-scale regional security implications".