"Let's reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness", the English-language statement read, adding that Japan is yet to "come to senses" after the North fired an intercontinental ballistic missile over the country last month.
The security council, comprised of 15 people, voted unanimously in support of a US-drafted resolution, which condemned the missile test and imposed measures, which include a ban on North Korean textile imports and placed restrictions on oil exports to the state.
"Regardless of whether this most recent test was an operational warhead for an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] or simply a device, the yield of the test clearly shows North Korean progress in increasing the yields of their nuclear weapons", it said. This came following the issuing of fresh United Nations security council sanctions, in response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear test.
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Yet Pyongyang reacted to the latest action by the Security Council, that had the backing of its veto wielding allies China and Russian Federation, by doubling down on threats to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.
It also attacked South Korea for its ties with the U.S. and Japan, describing the country's army as "traitors and dogs".
"The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche", it said, a reference to the regime's ideology of self-reliance.
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The North's latest threats also singled out Japan for "dancing to the tune" of the United States, saying it should never be pardoned for not offering a honest apology for its "never-to-be-condoned crimes against our people", an apparent reference to Japan's wartime aggression. It said it also hasn't found traces of tritium, which accompany a test of a thermonuclear, or hydrogen, bomb.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga referred to the statement as being "extremely provocative".
There was also activity at another location in the Mount Mantap site, in the north-east, involving large vehicles and mining equipment that suggested "onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", 38 North said.
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The sanctions would be part of USA efforts to urge China to pressure the North, which continues its nuclear and missile development. The Trump administration therefore plans to act on its own to restrict the flow of crude oil to North Korea from China, the North's main source of oil.
Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nation voting in favour of sanctions. China, in turn, favours an worldwide response to the problem.
However, North Korea remains defiant as its state-run KCNA news agency carried a statement from the authoritarian regime's foreign relations body dated Wednesday.
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