Paws for peace - North Korea's Kim sends two dogs across DMZ

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Known for its loyalty and cleverness, the Pungsan breed - a hunting dog with thick, creamy white coat, pointy ears and hazel eyes - is one of the National Treasures of North Korea.

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Saturday at the United Nations.

"Now they will say, 'Donald Trump said they fell in love".

"Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

While Ri reprised familiar North Korean complaints about Washington's resistance to a "phased" approach to denuclearisation under which North Korea would be rewarded as it took gradual steps, his statement appeared significant in that it did not reject unilateral denuclearisation out of hand as Pyongyang has done in the past.

North Korea's foreign minister said Saturday that there was "no way we will denuclearize" without getting trust-building concessions from the United States, an assertion that reflected a continuing divide over efforts to ease nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North and South Korea see declaring the end of the war as a key to building trust between the U.S. and North Korea.

But North Korea on Saturday slammed those sanctions, saying that they were "deepening our mistrust" toward the US, and suggested it was unwilling to denuclearize out of security concerns. "But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust", he added.

Ri Yong ho made the remarks during the annual gathering of the United Nations in New York City. "We fell in love", Trump said at the rally.

President Donald Trump's rallies are a fairly boring affair these days - he stays more or less on script. We fell in love'. "No, really - he wrote me handsome letters, and they are great letters".

Trump also said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was interested in a second meeting. The crowd laughed. "No really", Trump said.

In 2000, late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, sent two Pungsan dogs to then-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung when they held the first inter-Korean summit. This past Tuesday, Trump thanked Kim for his "courage" at the UN General Assembly.

Satellite images released in July revealed that North Korea were putting the finishing touches on a ballistic missile factory at the same time as the US-North Korea summit.

"The DPRK government's commitment to the denuclearization is solid and firm, however, it is only possible if the U.S secures our sufficient trust towards the US", the foreign minister said.

North Korea's top diplomat did not mention Trump by name during his speech, nor did he offer him any praise or credit for the summit or warming of relations.