The North’s foreign ministry said the resolutions were an infringement on its legitimate right to self defence and aimed at “completely suffocating its state”.
Major US allies in Asia welcomed the decision to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned.
Faced with the reality that North Korea could soon be able to strike American soil, how willing will the US be to come to Japan’s aid while its own security is at risk.
The US-drafted resolution appears to have been weakened in a bid to appease North Korea’s ally China and Russia following negotiations during the past few days.
The US wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea and ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers abroad.
Sanctions have done little to stop North Korea boosting its nuclear and missile capacity as it faces off with US President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop Pyongyang.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member UN Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him.
Using her trademark bombastic delivery, Ri announced on state television on Sunday the hydrogen bomb test was “a perfect success!” and a key step in “completing the state nuclear force.
Within hours of North Korea’s latest underground nuclear test, Japan and South Korea were both able to independently confirm it had happened. How?
Current UN sanctions target luxury goods and materials that could be used for North Korea’s banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
Data released by the South Korean central bank shows that all sectors except construction and services declined last year in North Korea.
The launch comes after the US and South Korea decided to deploy an anti-missile system to counter threats from Pyongyang.
The launches were in continued defiance of international warnings and a series of UN Security Council resolutions that ban the North from using ballistic missile technology, which Pyongyang rejects as an infringement of its sovereignty.
North Korea, which conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, vowed in 2013 to restart all nuclear facilities, including the main reactor and the smaller plant at Yongbyon, which was shut down in 2007 as part of an international disarmament-for-aid deal that later collapsed.
US law already generally prohibited American financial institutions from engaging in transactions with North Korean institutions, but the Treasury’s latest actions would impose additional controls.
Pyongyang has said the Republican candidate was “not screwy or ignorant” and a “wise choice for president”.
Tension in Northeast Asia has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles.
The US military’s Strategic Command said it tracked two attempted launches, neither of which posed a threat to North America.
North Korea’s drive to develop a nuclear weapons capability, in defiance of UN resolutions, has angered China and raised tension in the region.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner urged North Korea to refrain from actions that destabilise the region and said Washington would consider “other” options if Pyongyang continued nuclear and missile testing.
North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, after what the US described as the “fiery, catastrophic” failure of the first attempt.
The first US secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, Kerry said the possibility of a nuclear weapon-free world has been made complex by North Korea’s repeated “provocations” and by worsening security in Syria and Ukraine.