The statement carried by state-run Korean Central News Agency condemned the Security Council's punitive measures as an attempt at "completely suffocating" the North and its people. "These are the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea", she said, adding that the U.S. remains willing to act alone to stop Kim's nuclear programme if necessary.
North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on September 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.
South Korea said on Wednesday traces of radioactive xenon gas were confirmed to be from a North Korean nuclear test earlier this month, but it was unable to conclude whether the test had been for a hydrogen bomb as Pyongyang claimed. The reclusive nation also warned the USA would suffer the "greatest pain" for engineering harsh sanctions against Pyongyang. The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return", Haley told the Security Council, adding: "If North Korea continues its risky path, we will continue with further pressure.
"We need to use every ounce of leverage.to put maximum pressure on this rogue regime", the Republican congressman told a hearing on North Korea. "Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea".
Much of North Korea's energy is generated from burning domestic coal, but oil is used by the military as well as in transport and agriculture.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency reported that the textile ban and oil cap will deduct roughly 10 percent of what North Korea now gets from China, but will reduce total imports by 30 percent.
And on September 3, the DPRK conducted its sixth test of a nuclear device - the most powerful its ever detonated - marking "an unacceptable provocation", Billingslea said.
Pyongyang has staged a series of missile tests in recent months that appeared to bring much of the USA mainland into range, followed by the 3 September nuclear blast.
Peru declared the ambassador, Kim Hak-Chol, a persona non grata on Monday to protest North Korea's refusal to heed the world's "constant calls" to end its nuclear program-giving him five days to leave the Andean country.
Han did not elaborate, but North Korea frequently vows to destroy the United States.
Building on resolution 1874 (2009), the Council also gives countries the right to inspect ships with the consent of the countries where the ships are registered, "if they have information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the cargo of such vessels contains items the supply, sale, transfer or export of which is prohibited". Textile exports - North Korea's largest economic sector that the Security Council had not previously restricted - has earned North Korea almost $800 million each year.
The US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, the US Treasury Secretary has warned.
It also banned textile trade with the country, targeting one of its major export articles.
"If China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the USA and worldwide dollar system, and that's quite meaningful", Mr Mnuchin said, adding that "economic warfare works". They have also said they could kick-start talks with North Korea if the United States halts joint military drills with South Korea, which Washington has rejected.
"All parties involved in the peninsula have their own strategic considerations, but not being able to see beyond this vicious cycle is not in anyone's interest", the article said.