Moon explained why North Korea, which has feared USA military action for decades, continues to maintain its strategic assets.
The news follows on the heels of bombshell reports, which said North Korea is rebuilding its main rocket launch site. KCNA added that Kim emphasized the [North] Korean people should "further display their might in the spirit of self-reliance".
"What can you tell us?"
"Well, look, the president has been very clear that he's not going to make the mistakes of prior administrations".
In other words, Washington wants what administration officials have called a "big deal" - "the complete elimination of their weapons of mass destruction program", the State Department official said.
But after last month's ultimately fruitless summit with the United States, North Korea has started rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-range missile engines, according to US organizations that monitor the nation.
It may be gearing up to shoot a space rocket from the Sohae area, also known as the Tongchang-ri test site, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS).
Thompson said it was "incredibly important" that all countries continued to maintain United Nations sanctions on North Korea until it gave up its nuclear weapons.
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Ordinary North Koreans always express total support for the authorities when speaking to foreign media.
With the recent observation on North Korea, the US wants the government to treat the situation as a big deal because there is a big risk in the situation.
Robert Manning, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said the North Korean economy is likely to dwindle as the result of sanctions.
"Do not waste energy that should be used for the country on insulting (South Korean) people and the head of state", the Blue House said in its statement. "Some think it is likely to contract in 2019".
The Hanoi summit fell apart due to disputes over how many sanctions reliefs North Korea could win in return for limited nuclear disarmament steps.
The facility in the satellite images had been inactive since August, following Trump's Singapore summit with Kim earlier that summer.
With North Korea still under economic sanctions, "the leverage is on our side right now, and not on North Korea's".
Moon says the Hanoi summit showed how "difficult" and "painful" to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
"In close coordination with the United States, (we) will push for inter-Korean talks to help the U.S. and North Korea meet again and reach an agreement on denuclearization and corresponding measures", the ministry said in a report detailing its 2019 policy direction. South Korean tours to the venerated Mount Kumgang ended in 2008 after a South Korean tourist was shot by a North Korean guard.
South Korea is "closely tracking and looking into all activity for possible scenarios including a missile launch" across the border, in close coordination with the United States, said Kim Joon-rak, spokesperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.