SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North Korea warned the UN Security Council against criticism of the isolated country’s missile program, in a statement on Sunday that included unspecified threats against the international body.
During an emergency closed-door meeting of the main UN body on Friday, France circulated a proposed statement expressing concern over North Korea’s missile launches and calling on it to fully put implement Council resolutions banning its ballistic missile launches.
On Sunday, Jo Chol Su, a senior official at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, warned the UN Council that it “had better think about the consequences this would have in the future should he attempt to do so. encroach on the sovereignty “of North Korea.
Jo also accused the UN body of a “double-play standard” because it also does not dispute the tests of similar weapons carried out by the United States and its allies, according to the statement released by the media. ‘State.
After a six-month hiatus, North Korea resumed missile testing in September, launching newly developed missiles including nuclear-capable weapons that place South Korea and Japan, both key allies of the United States , at their striking distances. The country has always offered conditional talks with South Korea, in what some experts call an attempt to pressure Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions against it.
Under several UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea is prohibited from engaging in ballistic missile activities because the country aims to install nuclear weapons on its ballistic missiles. North Korea has argued that its nuclear program is intended to deal with US military threats, although Washington has said it has no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang.
Despite its recent launches, North Korea maintains a self-imposed 2018 moratorium on a long-range missile directly threatening the American homeland, a sign that it still wants to keep its chances of future diplomacy with the United States alive.
US officials urged North Korea to resume talks without preconditions, but the North has argued it will only do so if the Americans abandon their “hostile policies,” in apparent reference to sanctions and regular military exercises. between Washington and Seoul.