Boiling the diplomatic standoff down to North Korea's deepening feeling of mistrust, Ri Yong Ho sought to lay out a vision of peace on the troubled Korean Peninsula - provided North Korea gets what it wants from the United States.
Praising the progress he said they've made toward halting the rogue regime's nuclear program, Mr. Trump said he has averted what would have been a certain war with North Korea.
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. But, he said, his ability to develop a warm relationship with Kim during a summit in Singapore in June has been key to easing tensions.
Ri expressed a "firm determination to turn the Korean Peninsula into a land of peace" but said the USA -backed sanctions were a "hostile policy".
After meeting with Kim in North Korea this month, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to declare an end to the war as an incentive for the North to denuclearize.
Washington and Pyongyang are now said to be negotiating a second summit between Trump and Kim.
'I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done'.
"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant of us", Ri said.
The vast majority of defectors from the North are eventually offered South Korean citizenship.
"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the USA", he told world leaders in NY.
Instead of addressing the North's concerns about the absence of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, Ri said, the U.S. has insisted that denuclearization come first and increased pressure through sanctions.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, seems to be on the verge of restarting deadlocked nuclear diplomacy more than three months after the Singapore meeting.
President Donald Trump's rallies are a fairly boring affair these days - he stays more or less on script.
The comments came at a political rally in West Virginia, where he's stumping for Patrick Morrisey, the GOP candidate hoping to unseat Sen. We fell in love'.
Mr Trump grumbled that commentators would cast him as "unpresidential" for describing Mr Kim in such glowing terms.
The paper urged the United States to "read the trend correctly and make the right choices", instead of ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea while trying to engage the country in talks.