'The US must realise the effect of its gangster-like actions. and must return our ship without delay, ' the statement added.
The KCNA statement claimed the seizure violates the 2018 agreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to improve bilateral relations. The vessel was accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of sanctions and first detained by Indonesia in April 2018.
"Such attitude of the United States is a continuation of attempts to bring us to our knees with its "maximum pressure" and completely ignores the basic spirit of the two countries' joint statement of June 12 , which contains an agreement to build new relations between North Korea and the United States", the ministry said in a statement, published by the Korean Central News Agency.
It is the first time that US officials seized a North Korean vessel.
Kim called for "full combat posture" following the U.S. seizure of the cargo ship.
North Korea's formal name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
In recent weeks, North Korea has resumed testing ballistic missiles after refraining from such launches for a year-and-a-half.
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The announcement of the USA seizure of the vessel came as tensions rose over Pyongyang's test launches of short-range missiles last week.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump held an unprecedented summit on June 12 previous year in Singapore and pledged to establish new relations and a peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
Trump insisted he would not ease sanctions until North Korea agrees to abandon its entire nuclear weapons program.
The two leaders met for the second time in Vietnam in February. -North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019.
North Korea is banned from exporting coal under United Nations sanctioned that were toughened in 2017 to punish the Hermit Kingdom over its weapons testing that year. Experts believe coal and other mineral exports help finance its weapons industry.
The American Justice Department said last week that it had taken possession of North Korean-registered vessel M/V Wise Honest in American Samoa.