North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the country should be ready for confrontation with the United States, state media reported on Friday.
During a key Workers' Party meeting the North Korean leader said the country needed to be prepared for dialogue with the states.
But said they needed to get "fully prepared for confrontation" with the US in order to protect their country's "dignity" and to "reliably guarantee the peaceful environment and the security of our state."
This marks the first message to the US from the leader since the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Biden's administration recently spoke on its review of policy on North Korea and said they were pursuing a "calibrated" and "practical approach" towards achieving the goal of complete denuclearization of the peninsula.
Kim reportedly also called for "sharply and promptly" reactions to the "fast-changing situation" and wanted to concentrate efforts "on taking stable control of the situation on the Korean peninsula".
Biden met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit last month where they agreed to "pursue diplomacy" in order to resolve North Korea's nuclear issue.
"The fact that leader Kim Jong-un, who stayed unresponsive to the U.S. outreach for dialogue until now, has publicly sent a message to the U.S. is considered a change in itself," said Lim Eul-chul, a professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University.
The professor says the North's emphasis on full preparation for confrontation is intended to tighten discipline among its people.
Slimmed-down dictator Kim Jong-un warns of ‘tense’ food situation in North Korea
At a plenary meeting on Thursday, Kim also reportedly discussed domestic issues on improving the lives of people in North Korea.
At Thursday's plenary meeting, Kim also discussed domestic issues on improving people's lives.
The leader said that the main purpose of the plenary meeting was to take immediate measures to help solve the "urgent matters" that were most concerning to the country's people.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim urged the Workers' Party, military and all of the country's people to concentrate on farming.
This comes after the leader described North Korea's food situation as 'tense'.
The unification ministry, a department of the South Korean government aimed at promoting Korean reunification, said it will keep a close eye on the ongoing plenary meeting.
Cha Deok-cheol, deputy spokesperson at South Korea's unification ministry, said: "The government emphasizes once again that dialogue and cooperation is the best way to stably control the situation and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula."
The plenary meeting is due to continue and its currently unclear when it will end.
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