Warning follows tough UN measures including ban on coal, iron, lead and seafood exports worth more than $1bn

North Korea has vowed to bolster its nuclear arsenal and launch “thousands-fold” revenge against the US in response to tough UN sanctions imposed after its intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

Its warning came two days after the UN security council unanimously approved new sanctions to punish North Korea, including a ban on coal and other exports worth more than $1bn (£766m). Nikki Haley, America’s ambassador to the UN, called the US-drafted resolution the single largest economic sanctions package ever levelled against North Korea.

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