Sunday's statement comes after the US announced new sanctions last week against three top North Korean officials: Choe Ryong Hae, who is considered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man; Jong Kyong Thaek, minister of State Security; and Pak Kwang Ho, director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department.
Sunday's developments came as North Korea marked the seventh anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong-un.
North Korea has repeatedly urged the U.S.to scale back sanctions in exchange for the regime taking steps toward denuclearization.
If Washington believes the policy of increased sanctions and pressure would force the North to give up its nuclear weapons, "it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever", the statement added.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a constructions site of Yangdeok, in this undated photo released on October 31, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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The commentary deliberately focused its criticism on the State Department and administration officials, not at Trump, suggesting that Pyongyang remains open to another summit.
Mr. Jong is minister of state security, Mr. Choe heads the Organization and Guidance Department and Mr. Pak is director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department. "The sanctions are on.I'd love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive, too".
Trump said in a news conference after the midterm elections he expects to meet with Kim sometime early next year.
The North foreign ministry responded on Sunday with the charge that state department was "bent on bringing. relations back to the status of a year ago which was marked by exchanges of fire". We think it's going fine.
The statement lamented that Washington has taken "sanctions measures for as many as eight times against the companies, individuals and ships of not only the [North Korea] but also Russia, China and other [s]". The meeting has yet to be rescheduled.
Virtually all homes and public offices in North Korea feature portraits of the elder Kims, who are also memorialized in countless statues, mosaics and cenotaphs around the country.