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North Korea has a message for the new US president: We're staying heavily armed

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North Korea has issued an ominous warning to the incoming U.S. president, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Yonhap reported that a commentary in North Korea's major newspaper Rondon Sinmu did not refer to Donald Trump's victory specifically, but issued a veiled warning that the incoming administration would have to deal with a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The newspaper condemned outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy with North Korea - in which he continued to pressure the country with sanctions in an attempt to convince it to give up its weapons - with Rondon Sinmu saying that the policy had only left a bigger burden for his successor because Pyongyang used the time to become a nuclear state.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea in May. © AP Photo/Wong Maye-E North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea in May. "Washington's hope for North Korea's denuclearization is an outdated illusion," the newspaper commentary said. 

Yonhap also reported that although the rogue regime held off conducting nuclear or missile tests while the U.S. went to the polls, possibly so it could gauge Trump's policy on the country, it was likely tests would be conducted around key dates in December or January, including the fifth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un's father.

During his campaign, Trump said that he was open to holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and North Korea cheered Trump's comments in June that South Korea should be forced to pay more to have U.S. troops on its soil.

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speak after the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua US Election 2016: World leaders react

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