Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday (Dec 15) said a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behaviour" was needed before the United States could talk with Pyongyang about its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
Security Council on Friday that "North Korea must earn its way back to the table".
As he addressed the Security Council, Tillerson said the campaign of economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea "must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved". Ja also said his country is not a threat to other states as long as they don't try to interfere with North Korea's interests.
"North Korea must earn its way back to the table", Tillerson told the foreign ministers.
Tillerson has been seeking non-military solutions to the impasse, while other members of the administration, including President Donald Trump, have expressed skepticism about whether diplomacy can work.
Tensions have been on the rise on the Korean Peninsula in recent months as Pyongyang keeps pursuing its nuclear program and missile testing, despite worldwide sanctions and condemnation, while the USA and its allies intensify drills near North Korea's borders.
After the meeting, Tillerson was asked by reporters to clarify whether the USA has preconditions for talks with the North.
North Korea has conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests during 2017 and its most powerful nuclear explosion to date.
To the other members of the worldwide community, the secretary urged full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang and additional independent steps to deprive the regime of funding for its weapons programs. The council has ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea since 2006.
Tillerson's United Nations appearance is the latest push in the Trump administration's effort to persuade other countries to isolate North Korea by kicking out its diplomats and cutting remaining economic links.
"Continuing to allow North Korean laborers to toil in slave-like conditions in Russian Federation in exchange for wages used to fund nuclear weapons programs calls into question Russia's dedication as a partner for peace", he added.
"It is necessary to put an immediate end to rhetoric and actions that are unfavourable to denuclearisation as well as peace and security of the Korean peninsula", said Wu Haitao, China's deputy United Nations ambassador. It said North Korea's actions "are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea". Before his Tuesday remarks, the US had called for a suspension of nuclear and missile testing and demonstration of North Korea's sincerity about denuclearization.
"The DPRK remains the only country to continue to break the norm against nuclear testing", Guterres noted, using the abbreviation for North Korea's formal name.
North Korea, which in the past has boycotted nearly all Security Council meetings where its nuclear program is discussed, is expected to speak during Friday's open session.
On September 3, Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test, setting off an underground explosion that registered a 6.1 on the seismic scale.
Guterres urged an immediate re-establishment and strengthening of communication, saying it was "critical to lower the risk of miscalculation or misunderstanding and reduce tensions in the region". "We can talk about the weather if you want".