Reiterating his commitment to deneculearisation, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has, however, warned of chaning course if the US continued its sanctions.
The remarks were made during his closely-watched annual New Year’s address, BBC reported.
Last year’s speech set the country on an unprecedented path of international diplomacy with South Korea and the US.
In June 2018, though Kim met US President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearisation, but with few results so far.
Last year’s rapprochement came after a turbulent 2017 marked by North Korea testing missiles that could reach the US mainland and an escalation in rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington with both sides trading insults and threats of nuclear destruction.
The annual New Year’s address is a tradition Kim picked up from his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, founder of the communist country.
In this year’s speech, broadcast on state television early on Tuesday, Kim said, “if the US does not keep its promise made in front of the whole world… and insists on sanctions and pressures on our republic, we may be left with no choice but to consider a new way to safeguard our sovereignty and interests”.