Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang that it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations, APA reports quoting Reuters.
Choe Myong Nam, North Korea’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Vancouver meeting was “harmful and dangerous.”
“We denounce that meeting in the strongest possible terms, that is really harmful. It will not be conducive to peace and security and to the ongoing process between North and South that is aimed at creating a peaceful environment, easing tensions and promoting reconciliation between the North and the South,” Choe said in an interview.
“We are truly committed and determined to do what we can to fight against sanctions,” he said.
Asked about the possibility of a U.S. strike against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Choe said: “We have all the capacity to deter such maneuvers on the part of the hostile forces. We are ready for dialogue and confrontation. We are ready for both.”
But he said that North Korea is also determined to make the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea a success.