Kim said this US policy is "the root cause of all problems". The U.S.is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S. -backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists' two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
"As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured (toward) dialogue", North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters on Friday.
Trump later said he would be "honored" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions. Admiral Harry Harris, in discussing a stronger world response to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, stated, according to the Diplomat, "I firmly believe that the United States, Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Russia and every nation who considers itself to be a responsible contributor to global security, must publicly and privately work together to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees". "The unsafe behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean Peninsula", he said, "it's a threat to Japan, it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russian Federation - let me say that again... it's a threat to Russian Federation - it's a threat to the United States, it's a threat to the entire world".
The United States said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang.
It has caused controversy around the world, but in North Korea the developers of its latest missile have reportedly been given a hero's welcome on their return.
Hong said the issue of THAAD's cost was not raised during the talks.
All 15 members of the Security Council including North Korea's closest ally China called the launch a violation of United Nations sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.
He also said the North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.
President Donald Trump is looking to both China and Russian Federation, the two permanent members on the Security Council that have historically been most sympathetic to North Korea, to join the USA -backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on the North to get it to denuclearize.