Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Saturday, North Korea's top diplomat said the nation won't dismantle its nuclear weapons until it has "sufficient trust" in the USA, and called on the Trump administration to drop its "coercive methods" such as sanctions.
"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us but the problem is that the continued sanctions are continuing our mistrust", Ri said.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ri Yong-ho said his country's commitment to denuclearization is firm but that it needs to see trust-building measures from the US.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, seems to be on the verge of restarting deadlocked nuclear diplomacy more than three months after the Singapore meeting.
Instead of addressing the North's concerns about the absence of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, Ri said, the United States has insisted that denuclearization come first and increased pressure through sanctions.
Mr Trump and Mr Kim have said that they want to work towards denuclearising the Korean peninsula, holding an unprecedented meeting earlier this year in Singapore to discuss the idea.
Trump said at the Saturday night rally in West Virginia: "He wrote me attractive letters and they're great letters".
Sceptics of Kim's motivations worry that the U.S. might withdraw troops from South Korea and that United Nations sanctions could be lifted if the war is declared over.
Addressing a packed out arena in West Virginia on Saturday night, he said the North Korean leader had written him "beautiful letters" while they negotiated the country's nuclear disarmament.
Even so, the tone of Ri's speech was dramatically different from past year, when he told the UN General Assembly that targeting the US mainland with North Korea's rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Trump called Kim a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.
Most flee via China, which has the longest border with North Korea and is easier to cross than the heavily protected Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas. "Until the final denuclearization of the DPRK is achieved and fully verified, it is our solemn collective responsibility to fully implement all UN Security Council resolutions pertaining to North Korea".
Pyongyang has also made clear that they are looking for a formal declaration to the end of the Korean War.
The Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Trump said of Kim.