"Just at this time, only Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of the State, is talking nonsense that its meaning is to finish the working level negotiation between the DPRK [North Korea] and the U.S.by the end of the year, which subjects him to public ridicule", Kwon said in a statement published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
North Korea says it has launched a new tactical guided missile in a provocative test conducted overnight.
Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Jang Il Hun, right, is joined by councilor Kwon Jong Gun as he speaks during a new conference, July 28, 2015, at the DPRK mission in NY.
In an apparent bid to steal the global limelight, Putin then boasted about securing a promise from then-leader Kim Jong-il to abandon North Korea's missile program in exchange for foreign help in launching satellites, but he suffered a setback when Kim quickly disavowed his statement.
The use of the word "tactical" to describe the combat systems could indicate they are short range, and not previously tested missiles which could potentially carry nuclear warheads to USA territory. The White House would need to see "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".
A State Department spokesperson told Newsweek via email that officials were aware of the report. If missile tests resume, and the North Koreans are calling the US Secretary of State immature, it's hard to argue that that can be called a diplomatic accomplishment moving forward.
Instead, the North has carried out smaller provocations.
Pyongyang also claimed on Thursday to have tested a new kind of weapon with a "powerful warhead".
AFP quoted an unnamed South Korean military official as saying the southern side had not detected anything on radar, so it was unlikely to have been a missile.
Kim's Hanoi summit with Trump, the second between the two men, ended abruptly, with North Korea later protesting that the United States was being unreasonable. -North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019.
It's the regime's first such test since President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this year.
Kim reportedly offered to shutter the country's main nuclear facility in Yongbyon, in exchange for the lifting of key United Nations sanctions, a demand which Trump rejected, before departing from the summit ahead of schedule. Kim has only offered limited steps toward denuclearization.
Kim had said prior to those comments this week that he was open to more summits with President Trump.
The Kremlin has written off North Korea's Soviet-era debts, but attempts at broader co-operation have stalled. There have been fresh reports of new activity at a North Korean missile research center and long-range rocket site where the North is believed to build missiles targeting the USA mainland.
Regardless, the weapon doesn't appear to have been nuclear-capable, since usually such arms are referred to as "strategic", rather than "tactical".
Kim wants global sanctions eased as part of negotiations with the Trump administration over possibly rolling back North Korea's nuclear program.
"This looks like a new form of cruise missile", he said.
Analysts cite anecdotal evidence out of North Korea that the country's economy is deteriorating under the impact of sanctions, making Kim's plans to reform the economy unworkable.