State media on Saturday quoted Kim as saying that North Korea's final goal "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option" for the North.
China and Russian Federation began naval drills near North Korea on Monday amid continuing tensions over the isolated state's nuclear ambitions and ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, where North Korea is likely to loom large.
"The situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue needs to be managed stably so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace", Moon said. Moscow argued that more punitive measures will not ease the distrust North Korea feels about the USA and its allies, and instead will likely result in a humanitarian catastrophe. One critic tells VOA that Pyongyang will divert at least 30% of food aid "to the military or the elite".
"The two leaders committed to maximizing pressure on North Korea through vigorous enforcement of United Nations Security Council resolutions", said the statement, adding that the two also discussed "North Korea's continued defiance of the global community and its efforts to destabilize Northeast Asia".
US President Donald Trump, who was was due to address the United Nations in New York Tuesday, spoke by phone to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Monday, with the White House saying the two men were committed to "maximising pressure on North Korea".
"As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea". The speech signals that "if North Korea conducts another missile test, the U.S.is very likely to intercept".
"I spoke with President Moon [Jae-in] of South Korea last night", Trump wrote.
This provision has been enforced sparingly, and never by the United States.
China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade.
The flight was to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", South Korea said in a statement. Four days later, North Korea launched an intermediate-range missile over Japan and into the Pacific.
The move came with tensions on the Korean peninsula at fever-pitch after Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test and fired two missiles over Japan in the space of less than a month.
Despite North Korea's "flagrant violations", the South Korean government and the worldwide community are making every effort to resolve the situation peacefully, he said. Similarly, the humanitarian angle is important because the current government of South Korea can play the high ground. Trump said on Friday he was "more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming".