North Korea Vows ‘Thousandsfold’ Revenge Over UN Sanctions
Matthew Little, 12 Aug 17

Members of the United Nations Security Council at U.N. headquarters, in New York City on April 5, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

North Korea threatened the United States on Monday, Aug. 7, with “thousandsfold” revenge after new sanctions unanimously passed a vote of the United Nations Security Council on Saturday.

If those sanctions take hold, they could cut the dictatorship’s critical coal exports by a third.

North Korea’s official news agency described the sanctions as a “heinous plot” and a “violent violation” of its sovereignty.

Vowing retaliation, the regime said it would make America pay “thousands of times.”

The sanctions come in response to a July 28 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the United States.

North Korea’s Coal Trade

Coal exports to China account for a major portion of North Korea’s total exports, valued at $3 billion for 2016.

Past sanctions, however, have struggled to make the impact they should have due to Chinese companies illegally importing that coal, notes a 2014 paper from researchers at Harvard University.

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