North Korea threatens top UN body after emergency meet

This photo provided by the North Korean government, September 16, 2021, shows a test missile launched from a train on September 15, 2021, in an undisclosed location of North Korea   | Photo Credit: AP

North Korea has warned the UN Security Council against criticising the isolated country’s missile programme, in a statement on Sunday that included unspecified threats against the international body.

During an emergency closed-door meeting of the top UN body on Friday, France circulated a proposed statement that expresses concern over North Korea’s missile launches and calls on it to fully implement council resolutions that ban its ballistic missile firings.

On Sunday, Jo Chol Su, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official, warned the UNSC it “had better think what consequences it will bring in the future in case it tries to encroach upon the sovereignty” of North Korea.

‘Double standard’

Mr. Jo also accused the UN body of a “double-dealing standard” because it doesn’t equally take issue with similar weapons tests by the U.S. and its allies, according to the statement circulated by state media.

After a six-month hiatus, North Korea resumed missile tests in September, launching newly developed missiles, including nuclear-capable weapons that place South Korea and Japan within their striking distances.

The country still offered conditional talks with South Korea, in what some experts call an attempt to pressure Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions on it.

North Korea has argued its nuclear programme is meant to cope with U.S. military threats, though Washington has said it has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang.

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