"The south Korean authorities had better come to their senses before it is too late, shattering the preposterous illusions that an opportunity would come for improved inter-Korean relations if they follow in the footsteps of the United States", the statement said.
Pyongyang has slammed South Korea for purchasing high-tech USA stealth fighters, AP reports. The first batch of F-35s arrived in March. The official did not elaborate on specifically what kind of weapons North Korea will pursue.
The country plans to deploy 40 of the American jets by the end of 2021, with around a quarter of those expected to be operational this year. The North has criticized F-35A as an "invisible lethal weapon".
In a statement denouncing Seoul for its recent acquisition of a number of new stealth jets from the USA, an unnamed policy director at the foreign ministry's Institute for American Studies said the move would serve to heighten tensions on the peninsula.
"We, on our part, have no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons reinforced in South Korea", the statement adds, also noting that South Korea's purchase of the weapons is an "extremely risky action which will trigger our reaction". McCarthy said she can't pinpoint whether Kim likes or dislikes Trump, . but he may be viewing Trump differently from past American presidents. Trump, already the first sitting US president to meet a North Korean supreme leader, then made history again by being the first in his position to step into North Korea after briefly crossing the boundary. It was seen as more of a continuation of North Korea's sensitivity to the introduction of sophisticated USA weapons on the Korean Peninsula, and dissatisfaction with Seoul since the Vietnam summit's breakdown.
The change is the latest example of Kim's efforts to establish North Korea a normal country that can be trusted with nuclear weapons and operate free from worldwide sanctions. Choe-who is also the director of the influential Organization and Guidance Department, responsible for enforcing the Korean Workers' Party's policies-replaced Kim Yong Nam, a former foreign minister who served as president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly since the job's creation under Kim Jong Un's father, late supreme leader Kim Jong Il, in 1998.
It was the first time that a North Korean leader's name did not appear on the ballot in the elections.
North Korea has revised its constitution to make Kim Jong Un head of state, a promotion that could help normalize the isolated country's diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.
North Korea has frozen nuclear bomb and long-range missile testing since 2017.