(CNN) – Delivering a direct message to North Korea's young leader Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Kim Jong Un to focus less on making threats against the United States, and more on improving conditions for his own people.
"I would strongly ask him to, first of all, refrain from taking any such provocative measures, which is clearly in violation against the Security Council resolution and against the expectation of the international community," Ban said during an exclusive appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
"I would strongly urge him to do more to enhance the living standard of his own people, when they are suffering from this economic difficulty," continued Ban, who met with President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday.
Ban also delivered a message in his native Korean to Kim Jong Un, telling Blitzer he was speaking both as the UN secretary-general and a South Korean citizen.
"Do more…for eventual peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula," Ban said.