A senior diplomat says criticism of the Sanctions Committee’s tests “denies” North Korea’s right to “self-defense.”
North Korea on Monday accused the UN Security Council of double standards as its sanctions committee criticized the country’s recent missile test as a violation of UN resolutions.
North Korea has launched a new type of short-range tactical ballistic missile last week, which prompted Washington to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions committee.
At Friday’s committee meeting, the United States called for additional sanctions and stronger implementation of existing measures, denouncing the test as a violation of UN resolutions, according to Jo Chol Su, director. general of international organizations at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .
Jo said the meeting was “designed to deny our state’s right to self-defense”, warning that it would develop a “countermeasure”.
“This constitutes a denial of the sovereign state and an apparent double standard that the UNSC is challenging, on the basis of UN ‘resolutions’ – direct products of hostile US policy,” Jo said in a statement released by the official KCNA news agency.
“It makes no sense that only our righteous self-defense measure is chosen for the denunciation, when many other countries around the world are firing all kinds of projectiles in an attempt to increase their military strength.”
Pyongyang said on Friday it had launched a new type of short-range “tactical projectileCapable of carrying a payload of 2.5 tonnes, a day after the United States, Japan and South Korea say weapons tests have taken place off the country’s northeast coast .
Japan said the weapons tested were ballistic missiles, which landed in the sea. The North is not allowed to conduct tests under UN sanctions.
Pyongyang avoided using the words “missile” or “ballistics” in its confirmation of the test, which was heavily criticized.
The North said on Saturday that US President Joe Biden’s administration’s test response revealed its “deep hostility»In North Korea.