North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UN, Ri Tong-il, says Pyongyang is ready to enhance its countermeasures to the joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.
"DPRK is close to the use of nuclear weapons, there to take preemptive strike with all different means of power including nuclear weapons."
The North Korean envoy also expressed his frustration with the UN Security Council after it failed to acknowledge Pyongyang's request for an emergency meeting, in response to the South Korea-U.S. drills.
The ambassador said the UN's inaction sends the wrong message to the international community and the Security Council is encouraging the U.S. to continue its provocative and dangerous joint military exercises against the North.
The North Korean official also showed a slightly softer side.
"In all these proposals are reflected, the principal position of the DPRK on easing of the tension and bringing the national unity."
North Korea has been heavily critical of the joint South Korea-U.S. exercises since they kicked off on August 18th.
Earlier this month, Ri said the drills, which mobilize tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops, were the "root cause" of the prolonged tension on the Korean peninsula.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.