North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is committed to denuclearisation, but warned he will change course if the US continues its sanctions.
He made the remarks during his closely-watched annual New Year’s address.
Last year’s speech set the country on an unprecedented path of international diplomacy with South Korea and the US.
Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearisation in June 2018 but with few results so far.
Last year’s rapprochement came after a turbulent 2017 marked by North Korea testing missiles that could reach the US mainland and an escalation in rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington with both sides trading insults and threats of nuclear destruction.