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.
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.