The comments come ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, in New York this week.
The piece, carried in North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA, accused Washington of believing the “foolish idea that the DPRK came out to the negotiating table, yielding to the sanctions” and failing to understand that “the improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible.”
Pompeo called the commentary “stray voltage” in an interview with CBS News and said he’s not worried about rhetoric from North Korean media.
“We know with whom we’re negotiating. We know what their positions are. And President Trump has made his position very clear: no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective,” he said.