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United States revises yield estimates of N. Korea N-test

People watch a TV news report about North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test at a railway station in Seoul South Korea in this file People watch a TV news report about North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test at a railway station in Seoul South Korea in this file
Frascuelo Febo | Setiembre 14, 2017, 03:34

"The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country's sovereignty and right to existence and to preserve peace and security of the region by establishing the practical equilibrium with the USA", it said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

According to the Council's document, this resolution would "reduce about 30% of oil provided to North Korea by cutting off over 55% of refined petroleum products going to North Korea", the statement said.

The North Korean Foreign Minister's answer was succinct and striking: the sanctions have been interpreted as "heinous provocation aimed at depriving the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name) of its legitimate right for self-defense". It also bans the export of textiles, bans joint ventures with North Korea, and bans North Korean laborers from working overseas.

The UN Security Council unanimously imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the North on Monday, banning it from trading in textiles and restricting its oil imports, which US President Donald Trump said was a prelude to stronger measures.

Likewise, Pyongyang assured that it could answer to any sanction by inflicting upon the United States "the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history", as CNN reported.

The amounts detected by the NSCC will have no impact on South Korea's environment and population, Choi said.

The Taurus cruise missiles would be used in the event that Seoul launched a preemptive attack on North Korea, whose leaders have not backed down despite continued calls to end the ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development programs. Wednesday, they confirmed the gas came from North Korea.

Another senior administration official told Reuters any such "secondary sanctions" on Chinese banks and other companies were on hold for now to give China time to show it was prepared to fully enforce the latest and previous rounds of sanctions.

South Korea has accelerated its efforts to ramp up military capabilities in the face of a torrent of nuclear weapons tests by North Korea.

"It was hard to find out how powerful the nuclear test was with the amount of xenon detected, but we can say the xenon was from North Korea".

Asked about the North Korean and US rhetoric, China's foreign ministry reiterated a call for restraint and a return to dialogue.