Choe Son Hui, the hermit kingdom’s vice minister of foreign affairs, insisted if talks between despot leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump were called off on June 12 the two nations could engage in a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown”.
According to UK Express, She also attacked the Vice President for being a “political dummy” and lambasted his “ignorant and stupid” remarks in a statement issued by North Korea media.
It read: “The US Vice President Pence has made unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya, military option for North Korea never came off the table, the US needs complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation, and so on.
“As a person involved in the US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US Vice President.
“If he is Vice President of ‘single superpower’ as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of detente.
“We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.”
The Pyongyang official was referring to Mr Pence’s comments on Monday where he said the hermit kingdom could end up like Libya if it fails to make a nuclear deal with the President.
He stated: “There was some talk about the Libyan model last week, and you know, as the President made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong Un doesn’t make a deal.”
When the Vice President was asked if his comments could be perceived as a threat by North Korea, he brushed off his remarks as a “fact”.
He went on: “Well, I think it’s more of a fact.”
Previous references to Libya were made by the US’s national security advisor John Bolton who insisted the Trump administration was looking at Libya as an example North Korea could follow.
Moammar Gadhafi, the former leader of the North African nation, previously agreed to end his quest for a nuclear arsenal before he was ousted and killed by rebels.
In a clear threat, Ms Choe’s statement warned Mike Pence of the potential consequences of his rhetoric.
She said: “Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.
“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States.”