"Instead, it's seen as North Korea deciding to strive for independent economic growth, which would serve as grounds for becoming a legitimate nuclear state".
Mr. Kim also said the world would witness a new strategic weapon "in the near future", according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency, though no details were provided.
DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "We are on that path, we are going to remain on that path, and we obviously will urge Kim Jong Un and his leadership team to sit back down at the negotiating table to do that". "We hope that Chairman Kim will make the right decision to choose peace and prosperity over conflict and war. I hope he doesn't go in that direction".
According to Kim, "the real intent of the United States is to pursue its political and diplomatic interests while wasting time under the banner of dialogue and negotiations; at the same time, keep sanctions "to weaken North Korea".
"The U.S.is raising demands contrary to the fundamental interests of our state and is adopting (a) brigandish attitude", KCNA quoted him as saying.
Despite Kim's remarks, Trump insisted later in the day that "he likes me, I like him, we get along".
Kim had given the United States a December deadline to offer new concessions to kickstart stalled talks over his country's nuclear arsenal. "But he did sign a contract, he did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization". He, however, hinted that Pyongyang has not completely abandoned talks, saying that its future action could depend upon the United States attitude.
Later Tuesday, US President Donald Trump told reporters he was still optimistic about the future of diplomacy - despite Kim's new rhetoric.
Pyongyang has wanted major sanctions relief to bolster its economy in exchange for closing the key nuclear test complex in Yongbyon. The regime dismissed Washington's calls for dialogue as stalling tactics and indicated it would seize the initiative rather than waiting for the situation to improve.
The two sides met again in October in Stockholm but failed to narrow their differences.
He stressed that North Korea "should more actively push forward the project for developing strategic weapons" now that Washington's "gangster-like acts" have stymied economic growth.
Trump might be willing to turn a blind eye to missiles unable to strike the US, like Nodongs, Scuds and IRBMs capable of hitting much of Japan, much as he did a year ago when the North unleashed a spate of short-range weapons tests. Since the Singapore summit, President Trump has constrained the enforcement of USA laws, weakened allied deterrence capability, embraced a purveyor of crimes against humanity, and overlooked numerous North Korean violations of United Nations resolutions.
Washington had dismissed the December 31 deadline imposed by the North as "artificial", urging Pyongyang to maintain a dialogue and not revert to the provocations that had raised fears of war on the Korean Peninsula two years ago.
An ICBM test would represent a blow to Trump as he has boasted of its suspension as one of his great diplomatic achievements.
"Japan has been held captive by Trump's ill-considered and extreme North Korea policy", said Jackson.
Kim Jong-un announced that he no longer felt bound by his promise to President Trump to not conduct nuclear or ICBM tests.
The head of South Korea's parliamentary intelligence committee, Rep. "In that, the North appears to have left room for negotiations", he added.
He also emphasized the importance of self-reliance and belt-tightening in fighting what would be a protracted struggle against sanctions and pressure led by the US.
"We've lived up to our commitments, we continue to hold out hope that he'll live up to his as well", Pompeo said. The North has also criticized the allies over South Korea's recent acquisition of advanced U.S. F-35 fighter jets. In its New Year's Day edition, the North's main party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, filled its front page with Mr. Kim's remarks, including an exhortation to his people to "foil the enemies' sanctions".
"The change in format from a broadcast new year speech to reports at a plenary meeting may be an effort to buy time".