North Korea has vowed to take further "nuclear measures" if the United States continues its current aggressive approach toward Pyongyang.
At a news conference in New York City on Monday, the North's deputy ambassador to the UN, Ri Dong-il , said North Korea was ready to take a number of steps to demonstrate the power of the regime's self-defensive nuclear deterrent.
The envoy did not elaborate on what the additional measures might be, but said the North's next move will be based on Washington's attitude in the future.
The North Korean official also took issue with the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S. calling them an example of Washington's hostile policy.
On the North's test-firing of scores of short-range rockets over the past few weeks, the envoy said it was part of a routine self-defensive military exercise.