Mattis lists three preconditions for resumption of talks with North Korea


Today, North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song met with Reuters in Geneva and claimed that his country won't negotiate with the U.S. as long as it continues military cooperation with South Korea.

"The conclusion that our army and people have reached via the history of North Korea-US confrontations is there is no way other than standing against the repressive US imperialists only with a nuclear deterrent of justice", said Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party that often mirrors the views of the Kim Jong-un regime.

In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration has said it is preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a USA list of states sponsoring terrorism.

"My country will continue to build-up its self-defence capability, the pivot of which is nuclear forces and capability for a triumphant.strike as long as United States and hostile forces keep up nuclear threat and blackmail", he said.

Shortly prior to the arrival of the Chinese representative Song Tao, the Rodong Sinmun carried a thinly veiled dispatch under the title "US should abandon stupid ambition", emphasising talks on the North's nuclear plans will not be discussed with anyone.

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But he struck a note of defiance, saying Pyongyang was "ready" for new economic actions against it. They said that China sends a special envoy to Pyongyang to explain the results of its party congress, held every five years, as it did in 2007 and 2012.

Visiting Seoul last week, US President Donald Trump warned North Korea he was prepared to use the full range of American military power to stop any attack, but also urged Pyongyang to "make a deal".

There are concerns in South Korea that any potential United States strikes against North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes could provoke devastating North Korean retaliation against South Korea.

Mr Han took issue with the ongoing co-operation between the two allies, which he said used nuclear assets, aircraft carriers and strategic bombers in South Korea.