North Korea launches medium-range ballistic missile

The secretary of state also said that Pyongyang shouldn't question the US' intentions "through back channels", as Washington intends to communicate with the country through public channels.

UNITED NATIONS North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks as Washington raised concern that Pyongyang could be producing a chemical used in a nerve agent.

Kim singled out as "more serious" the push by the US for a new sanctions resolution and the Trump administration's demand for all countries "to decide whether they support for DPRK or U.S". We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely", a U.S. Pacific Command spokesman said. "U.S.

"Relating to cyber attack, this linkage to DPRK is ridiculous", he said, adding that such allegations are part of the United States' hostile policies as the U.S. side is in the habit of mounting a loud anti-North Korean campaign each time something out of the ordinary happens.

"As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured (toward) dialogue".

A turn towards diplomacy would be a drastic change for the United States, which has engaged in saber rattling with North Korea over the last few months.

Last weekend, the DPRK test-fired a missile called the Hwasong-12 which they said was a "new" type of weapon capable of carrying on a nuclear warhead.

On May 16, Reuters said citing a Kaspersky Lad analyst that code snippets spotted in a WannaCry earlier editions had been used by hackers from Lazarus Group presumably operated from North Korea.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests previous year alone, possibly improving its knowledge on making nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", the council said, adding that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the country.

Asked about Beijing and Moscow's support for the six previous rounds of United Nations sanctions, Kim said both countries are "close neighbors" who "understand our nuclear projection occurred through the USA continued nuclear threat and its hostile policy" toward North Korea.

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.

  • Zachary Reyes