North Korea says linking cyber attack to Pyongyang is 'ridiculous'

Speaking on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, the security chief said that Korean peninsula is on the brink of war and accused the powers of provoking the secretive nation by deploying US warships to the Korean peninsula.

Trump later said he would be "honored" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions.

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador says the country will rapidly strengthen its nuclear strike capability as long as the United States maintains its "hostile policy" toward the country. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

The US has deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea to defend against threats from North Korea.

He said North Korea would never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability" even if the USA ratchets up sanctions and pressure "to the utmost".

North Korea has said it carried out a successful test of a new ballistic missile on May 14.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear program.

"The most impressive thing that I heard from Tillerson was that sanctions and pressure are not by themselves aimed at harassing North Korea, but are designed to create an opportunity for Pyongyang's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear programme", CNN quoted Hong as saying.

Last month U.S. president Donald Trump warned a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible as he revealed he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong-un.

Though the vessels were spotted near Indonesia at the time, they eventually did end up at the Korean Peninsula for trilateral military exercises with Japan and South Korea, and were later joined by the USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine armed with Tomahawk missiles.

The "relatively low compromise rate of South Korea, Japan, and the USA runs contrary to every attack ever authorized by Pyongyang", reported Cybereason, a Boston-based security firm.

The UNSC vowed to take new measures against North Korea, which might include additional sanctions. She urged other countries to sever ties with Pyongyang.

  • Salvatore Jensen