PYONGYANG - Undaunted of the 'attacks' from outsiders, North Korea has warned the United States (US) that it will pay a "due price" if harsh sanctions against the country are agreed at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media that if the US "does rig up the illegal and unlawful 'resolution'" it would respond in kind.
The Security Council is due to vote in New York on a US-drafted resolution to impose new restrictions on the rogue state following its sixth and largest nuclear test, carried out just over a week ago.
"The DPRK is ready and willing to use any form of ultimate means. 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," the statement said, referring to the country by its acronym.
The US put forward another draft resolution Monday that made considerable changes to a previous version of the proposal. The latest draft removes a call for a full oil embargo on the country and omits the freezing of assets and a call for a travel ban for North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. The new draft also softens its language on foreign workers and other issues.
A previously circulated version of the US resolution called for a full ban on exports of oil to North Korea and an asset freeze on Kim, the Worker's Party and government of North Korea.
The Security Council vote is expected on Monday early evening ET. The Reuters news agency reported Monday that the initial US proposals had been watered down, citing a new version of the draft resolution. The report also said that the sanctions had been softened to appease China and Russia, citing diplomats.
Russia and China both have veto power in the vote as permanent members of the Security Council. Both had expressed skepticism over the strict sanctions.
China, North Korea's most powerful ally, said Monday that it supported the Security Council's plan for a "further response" to North Korea and to take "necessary actions."
"We hope UNSC members will come to a consensus through full consultations and will send out the voice of unity and solidarity," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Geng Shuang said at regular press conference Monday.
"The UNSC's response and actions should be helpful to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to maintaining the stability of the region. And also helpful to solve the North Korea issue peacefully," Geng said.
The US and its allies have been calling for stern measures against North Korea since the September 3 nuclear test.
The test sent powerful tremors across the region, suggesting the device used was the most powerful the nation has ever tested. Pyongyang claims it tested a hydrogen bomb capable of sitting atop a ballistic missile.