North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

Kim In Ryong the DPRK

Kim In Ryong the DPRK

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday that the US was engaged in diplomatic efforts to counter Pyongyang.

UNITED NATIONS North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks between the pair."As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured (toward) dialogue", North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters on Friday. The test triggered a new USA -backed push for a fresh round of United Nations sanctions against the North.

Before an emergency meeting of the council Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley declared: "You either support North Korea or you don't, but you have to choose".

"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 USA side is in the habit of mounting a loud anti-North Korean campaign each time something out of the ordinary happens.

At a press conference in NY, requested by Pyongyang on Friday, the North's deputy ambassador to the UN, Kim In-ryong said the USA policy toward Pyongyang was the root cause of all the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 km (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korea-run hacking operation.

Asked if North Korea's missile program was developing faster than the South had expected, he said: "Yes."The North's KCNA news agency said Sunday's launch tested its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is a key technological hurdle that North Korea must overcome in trying to ideal a missile that could threaten the United States.

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.

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.

Kim accused the council of playing "to the tune of the USA again" and protested the Trump administration's demand for countries to choose allegiance between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, his country's official name.

Kim said this USA policy is "the root cause of all problems".

U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it landed into the sea.

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