The UN Security Council is expected to convene at 3:00 pm EDT (1900 GMT), having only just unanimously adopted its ninth resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea
on September 11 in response to the reclusive state's sixth ever nuclear test on September 3. Pyongyang condemned the latest UN resolution, threatening once more on Wednesday to completely destroy both the United States
and Japan. Pyongyang threatened to sink Japan and reduce the United States
to "ashes and darkness" for supporting the latest resolution and sanctions.