North Korea envoy: United States pressure feeds our nuclear program

A cargo ship is loaded with coal during the opening ceremony of a new dock at the North Korean port of Rajin in 2014

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month that appeared to bring much of the USA within range.

According to translations cited by the Washington Post, the video shows missiles launching and warns the United States it won't know whether their rockets will harass them.

"We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and risky threats to the peace of our region and the world".

In the video published by the Uriminzokkiri outlet, the Trump administration is warned to "keep its eyes and ears open from now on".

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Vice President Pence, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also get a cameo appearance, with their faces surrounded by fire. It was the fourth such accident involving a U.S. military ship in Asia this year - and has prompted questions about the operational capabilities of United States forces in the region.

In a subsequent speech, Ju said: "The United States should clearly understand that military threats and pressure are only serving as a momentum that pushes the DPRK further into developing fully strengthened nuclear deterrence".

"Such huddle is increasing the gravity of the situation", the statement in KCNA said today, adding that despite the claims of the Washington and Seoul, UFG represented an "aggressive war scenario to carry out preemptive strike against the DPRK". "And we urge relevant parties to (seriously consider) the suspension-for-suspension proposal", Mr Hua said.

The news conference came on the second day of the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises between the American and South Korean militaries. Trump responded by tweeting that the US military was "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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Despite some calls to postpone or drastically modify drills to ease the hostility on the Korean Peninsula, US and South Korean military officials say that the long-scheduled exercises will go ahead as planned.

Diplomat Ju Yong Chol said Tuesday that other countries which spoke at a Conference on Disarmament session against Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile tests had been siding with the "hostile" US position.

The U.S. tightened its financial restrictions on North Korea, slapping sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities it accused of assisting Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and also seeking millions of dollars it said moved through the U.S. In such a scenario where North Korea believes that the U.S. is daring enough to strike first, the Madman Theory actually makes North Korea more likely to strike first because they no longer have anything to lose.

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