N Korea calls UN chief’s remarks on missile test ‘unfair’

Seoul, South Korea –

North Korea on Wednesday accused UN Secretary-General António Guterres of a “very unfair and disproportionate attitude” and condemned recent missile tests, but he accused him of ignoring US hostility towards North Korea. accused the

The accusations came at a time when US, South Korean and Japanese destroyers were conducting a trilateral anti-missile exercise near the Korean Peninsula, a move North Korea may view as provocation.

After North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test on Saturday, Guterres strongly condemned the launch and reiterated his call for North Korea to immediately cease further provocations. In his statement, Mr. Guterres urged North Korea to resume talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea’s Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Kim Sung-kyung said: “Most deplorably, the UN Secretary-General has made illogical and disastrous remarks that are little different from previous U.S. State Department officials.” . said in a statement quoted by state media.

Kim said North Korea’s ICBM test was a response to the security threat the United States posed to North Korea earlier this year by temporarily deploying long-range bombers for joint exercises with South Korea. said there is. Kim said the test was also a warning against previous convocations of the UN Security Council on North Korea.

North Korea views U.S.-South Korea military exercises as rehearsals for aggression and is particularly sensitive to U.S. deployment of B-1B bombers, which can carry large conventional payloads of both guided and unguided weapons. After her ICBM tests in North Korea, the US flew her B-1B bombers again for separate training with South Korean and Japanese fighters.

The UN Secretary-General needs to clearly understand that his irrational and prejudiced stance on the Korean Peninsula issue is a factor inciting hostilities by the United States and its supporters (against North Korea). .

In November last year, North Korean Foreign Minister Choi Sun-hee called Mr. Guterres a “puppet of the United States,” who had accused North Korea of ​​a previous intercontinental ballistic missile test.

North Korea’s first missile test since Jan. 1, Saturday’s ICBM test, was conducted at a steep angle to avoid neighboring countries. Details of the reported launches again suggest that North Korea has missiles capable of reaching the US mainland. However, many foreign experts believe North Korea needs to master the last remaining technologies to obtain a functioning nuclear warhead, such as those that protect the missile from the harsh conditions of atmospheric re-entry. says that there is

The next day, North Korea said two 600mm rocket launchers had fired from its east coast, after the United States deployed its latest B1-B bomber on Sunday. North Korea claims that its rockets can carry nuclear warheads. South Korea views the weapon as a short-range ballistic missile.

At a closed-door briefing in Congress on Wednesday, South Korea’s military intelligence official said North Korea could carry out further provocations, including nuclear tests, launching spy satellites and testing ICBMs in standard orbit, Yoo said. Mr Sang-bum said. MPs who attended the meeting.

South Korea and the United States are scheduled to hold a series of joint military exercises in the coming weeks, including a tabletop exercise at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

Japan, the United States and South Korea held joint military exercises on Wednesday in the high seas off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the three countries intended to practice missile detection, tracking and interception procedures and to share relevant information. It was the third country training for the first time in 4 months.

Last year, North Korea tested more than 70 missiles, the most in a single year, as part of an effort to expand its arms arsenal. Observers say North Korea hopes to eventually gain international recognition as a legal nuclear power and use its status as a way to lift UN and other international sanctions.

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