North Korea warned the United States might face "something that is not good" if Joe Biden's administration continues with its "deep-seated hostility."
Kim Jong Un's government fired the warning after the U.S. said the country's recent test of a new short-range missile violated a U.N agreement.
President Biden added that he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang, but Ri Pyong Chol, secretary of the North's ruling Worker's Party's Central Committee, shot back.
Mr Pyong Chol said North Korea expresses "deep apprehension" towards the US, and said its state has a right to exercise "self-defence" if need be.
He added that Biden’s "thoughtless remarks" could lead to “something not good” if it continued with its "gangster-like" logic.
In a statement given to the KCNA news agency, Mr Pyong Chol said: "We express our deep apprehension over the U.S. chief executive faulting the regular testfire, exercise of our state's right to self-defence, as the violation of U.N. 'resolutions' and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility.
"We are by no means developing weapons to draw someone's attention or influence his policy.
"I think that the new U.S. administration obviously took its first step wrong."
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The secretary also accused the Biden administration of "exploiting every opportunity" to provoke Pyongyang by branding it as a "security threat."
He added that Biden's remarks were an "undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defence and provocation."
North Korea's test came just days after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed to work to denuclearise North Korea and criticised its "systemic and widespread" human rights abuses.
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The country responded by saying it knows "very well" what it must do, claiming that it will "continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power."
State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter condemned the test as "destabilising," and claiming the country's "unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs constitute serious threats to international peace and security."
Ms Porter told a news briefing: "I can't underscore enough that the president and his security team are continuing to assess the situation and one of our greatest priorities right now is ensuring that we're on the same page as our allies and partners."
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