North Korea says United States has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks


North Korea says United States has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

Kaspersky Labs and Symantec - respected cybersecurity firms in Russian Federation and the USA, respectively - have separately reported finding similarities between the WannaCry ransomware virus behind last week's cyberattack and malware previously attributed to the Lazarus Group, a shadowy cybercrime outfit accused with waging an array of attacks including most notably the 2014 Sony Entertainment Pictures breach, an incident the Federal Bureau of Investigation has squarely blamed on North Korea. It said the US even lords over the United Nations by threatening to take issue with global organizations that support the North.

The reclusive North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programs, even from its lone major ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the United States mainland.

North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks as Washington raised concern that Pyongyang could be producing a chemical used in a nerve agent.

"If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation", Mattis told a news conference.

The re-entry was controlled and the vehicle did not burn up, NBC said, quoting the officials.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address in this January 1, 2015 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. The North also probably has a way to go before it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on such a missile.

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", the council said, adding that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the country. "You have to pick a side". The agency does not grant patents.

Haley said: "We urge all U.N. agencies to be transparent and apply the utmost scrutiny when dealing with these types of requests from North Korea and other rogue nations".