In this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on January 12, 2022, a missile is launched during a hypersonic missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea on January 11, 2022, state media reports. (Reuters)
North Korea defends its missile tests as its legitimate right to self-defense, saying the United States is deliberately aggravating the situation imposing new restrictionsState media reported on Friday quoting the Ministry of External Affairs.
According to North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, North Korea’s recent development of a “new type of weapon” was part of an effort to modernize its national defense capability, and did not target any specific country or damage the security of neighboring countries. Delivered. A spokesman said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.
“The US allegation of the legitimate exercise of the DPRK’s right of self-defense is clearly provocative and a gangster-like argument,” the statement said. The DPRK is the first letter of the official name of North Korea.
The statement warned of an unspecified “strong and definite response” if the United States takes a confrontational stance.
US President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions on North Korea’s weapons programs North Korean missile launch Including two from last week.
It also called on the UN Security Council to take action against a number of North Korean individuals and entities accused of violating Security Council resolutions banning North Korea’s development of missile and nuclear weapons.
North Korea has said that the recent weapons were “hypersonic missile” Which will give a boost to its strategic military forces.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States has made clear that it has no hostile intentions toward North Korea and is willing to engage in talks without preconditions, but that the test is “deeply destabilizing.” Going to do.” are the ones.”
The North Korean foreign ministry said Washington could talk of diplomacy and dialogue, but its actions showed “it is still engrossed in its policy of isolating and suppressing North Korea”.
“The United States is deliberately aggravating the situation even with the activation of independent sanctions, not satisfied with the DPRK’s mention of appropriate activity in the UN Security Council,” the statement said.
North Koreans call it “anti-American weather,” said Jean Lee, a North Korean analyst at the Wilson Center in Washington.
“Pyongyang escalates tensions with illegal testing; When Washington responds to sanctions, North Korea rallies people around a manufactured threat,” she said in a post on Twitter. “It justifies the regime putting resources into its nuclear program.”