Pyongyang – North Korea (North Korea) rejected the criticism made by the Secretary General (Secretary General) of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres against the communist regime’s latest ballistic missile launch. Pyongyang called the criticism “unfair and unbalanced” and ignored North Korea’s right to defend itself.
As reported by AFP , Wednesday (22/2/2023), nuclear-armed North Korea launched three ballistic missiles , which are prohibited by UN resolutions, in the last five days. One of those launched was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Pyongyang claimed demonstrated its capacity to carry out a “fatal retaliatory nuclear strike against enemy forces”.
Guterres, in a statement on Saturday (18/2) local time, condemned the launch of the ICBM and called on North Korea to “immediately stop taking further provocative actions”.
In response to Guterres’ condemnation and call, North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Son Gyong expressed “dissatisfaction and strong protest at the extremely unfair and unbalanced attitude” of the UN Secretary General.
In a statement quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency, Kim Son Gyong called Guterres’ assessment of ignoring the “dangerous” joint military exercises by South Korea (South Korea) and the United States (US).
Guterres was also called on to ‘apply a fair and balanced attitude’.
Kim Son Gyong described the North Korean missile launch as a “retaliatory measure” against the US deployment of strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Yo Jong , the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Pyongyang was closely monitoring moves by Seoul and Washington to deploy more US strategic assets to the region.
“The frequency of using the Pacific as a firing range depends on the characteristics of the actions of US forces,” he said via KCNA on Monday (20/2).
Relations between North and South Korea are at their lowest point in decades. Last year, Pyongyang declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power and Kim Jong Un called for an “exponential” increase in weapons production, including tactical nuclear weapons.
Source: Detik News