On Thursday, Pelosi and South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo pledged to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization during a stopover in South Korea after visiting Taiwan.
The official Korean Central News Agency said Pelosi’s comments were part of a US plot to escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The agency also said that Pelosi tried to justify the hostile US policy against North Korea and support the buildup of US weapons.
“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability, has angered the Chinese people with her recent trip to Taiwan,” the statement quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
“The United States will have to pay a heavy price for the problems it creates wherever it goes,” a statement added.
Preparations for a nuclear test
North Korea made preparations for a nuclear test during the first six months of this year, according to excerpts from a classified United Nations report.
According to Reuters, independent observers of the United Nations said that “work at the (Bungi-ri) nuclear test site paves the way for additional tests to develop nuclear weapons.”
“(North) Korea has continued to develop its fissile material production capacity at the Yongbyon site,” the observers wrote.
Yongbyon is North Korea’s main nuclear facility, and operates its first nuclear reactors.
The United States has long warned that North Korea was preparing to conduct a seventh nuclear test, vowing to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang.
Observers also said investigations showed that Pyongyang was responsible for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency in one major hack to fund its nuclear and missile programs.