As the UN prepares to impose yet more sanctions on North Korea, Pyongyang is leveling new threats against the US. If the UN goes through with the penalties, Pyongyong warned that America will pay a "due price," reports CNN. "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," says North Korea's foreign ministry, using the North's acronym. The threat comes as the UN Security Council considers sanctions after the North's latest—and biggest—nuclear test, but how tough those penalties will be remained very much up in the air.
The US originally sought an extremely tough series of penalties, including an oil embargo and a financial and travel ban on Kim Jong Un, but the latest draft in circulation removes those items, reports Reuters. Even so, it remained unclear whether Russia and China would back even the watered-down version. The vote was tentatively scheduled for Monday. Bloomberg, meanwhile, cites a report in Japanese media suggesting that back-door diplomacy was in the works. Officials from the North's foreign ministry were expected to meet informally with former US officials in Switzerland on Monday. Another positive sign: Pyongyang did not conduct another test as feared during celebrations on Sunday. (Read more North Korea stories.)