US envoy: North Korean threats will achieve nothing

Speaking after the vote, the US envoy to the UN Susan Rice said the "entire world stands united in our commitment to the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and in our demand that North Korea complies with its international obligations."

Asked about North Korea’s threat to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear attack, Rice said it would "achieve nothing by continued threats and provocations".

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New UN North Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council has voted to tighten financial restrictions on North Korea after it carried out a third nuclear test and breached other trade sanctions. Pyongyang had vowed preemptive nuclear strikes against the US if the vote had been passed