Some South Korean opposition politicians saw the comments as another sign that South Korea is losing its voice in global efforts to deal with the North's nuclear program.
Many experts say it's only a matter of time until Kim achieves his stated objective of possessing reliable nuclear-tipped missiles capable of striking any where in the mainland U.S.
China and Russian Federation began naval drills near North Korea on Monday amid continuing tensions over the isolated state's nuclear ambitions and ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, where North Korea is likely to loom large.
"There's no way we can control them (the goods)", he said.
It said Beijing "will never accept the "responsibility" imposed by the U.S". One critic tells VOA that Pyongyang will divert at least 30% of food aid "to the military or the elite". The U.S. and South Korean planes practiced attacks by releasing live weapons at a firing range in South Korea, the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.
Monday's flyovers came three days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in apparent defiance of US -led worldwide pressure on the country. The country's new liberal President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May, has maintained that the issue of providing humanitarian aid to North Korea should be handled independently from political circumstances.More news: Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel agree to forge Europe's No. 2 steelmaker
North Korea is expected to be a main talking point at the UN General Assembly in NY this week. This equally applies to the internal military modernization of weapons of mass destruction in this nation and the threatening behavior of North Korea towards Japan, in relation to testing missiles that fly over northern Japan.
North Korea's foreign minister likened USA president Donald Trump to a "barking dog", after Trump warned that he would "totally destroy" the North is it threatened the U.S. and its allies.
The appropriate response to the recent actions of North Korea is diplomacy and willingness to compromise.
He did confirm that he had discussed the option of putting tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, an idea rejected by South Korea's President last week. "The danger is that North Korea's physicists are working to an altogether different and faster timetable than the NY diplomats".
This came a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" the Asian country.
Trump has said the USA and its allies will not be intimidated by the reclusive nation. Despite a long record of intelligence warnings that the North was acquiring both forceful missile engines and the fuel to power them, there is no evidence that Washington has ever moved with urgency to cut off Pyongyang's access to the rare propellant.