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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ruled out a quick return to dialogue with North Korea, saying the new sanctions showed the world had run out of patience with Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said new United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea are a "very good outcome".

North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that there will be no negotiations on its nuclear and missile program unless the United States gives up its hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

The statement, carried by North Korea's official Korea Central News Agency, also threatened to make the United States "pay the price for its crime. thousands of times".

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called the new United Nations sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

However, the top U.S. diplomat said it was not a matter of stopping the launches by "a specific number of days or weeks".

But Yonhap reported that Mr Ri retorted: "Given the current situation in which the South collaborates with the USA to heap pressure on the North, such proposals lacked sincerity".

North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare meeting between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.

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A Global Times editorial on Saturday, meanwhile, accused India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "gambling" his country's destiny. The spokesman also referred to a June 30 statement on India being in consultation with Bhutan on this matter.

Their remarks, which are aimed at taming aggression in the disputed waters, are considerably stronger than a joint statement of concern issued by their counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-nation bloc whose economies depend heavily on China.

North Korea's Rodong Sinmun news website published a commentary dismissing the sanctions as "cooked up by the US", adding that "the USA mainland is on the crossroads of life and death".

The U.S. -drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood following Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

"If enemies believe that North Korea can be rattled by sanctions, it is nothing more than a delusion", it added.

"The difference we've got is a new president in the U.S., who does things differently for better or for worse than any of his predecessors and seems to be not quite in the same language as the North Koreans". There's a lot of analysts that I've spoken to that say that this really looks like a play to go after North Korea's economy as a whole, in a way, that sanctions previously haven't targeted before.

"Do not violate the U.N.'s decision or provoke global society's goodwill by conducting missile launching or nuclear tests", Wang said, in an unusually direct admonition.

The Chinese official also said he hoped the United States would seriously consider China's proposed "dual suspension" of military drills in the South and missile tests in the North.

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