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‘Testing the identical weapons’: North Korea denounces US ‘double customary’ after Washington condemns submarine missile check

‘Testing the same weapons’: North Korea denounces US ‘double standard’ after Washington condemns submarine missile test

US overtures of diplomacy are hypocritical and don’t match Washington’s actions, North Korea mentioned, after a UN Safety Council session unexpectedly convened to sentence its current check of a submarine-launched missile.

“It’s a clear double customary that the USA denounces us for growing and testing the identical weapons system it already has or was growing, and that solely provides suspicions to their sincerity after saying they don’t have any hostility in the direction of us,” the Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) quoted an unnamed overseas ministry spokesman as saying on Thursday. 

The US and the UN Safety Council may face “extra grave and critical penalties” in the event that they selected to react wrongly to the launch, the spokesperson added, warning them in opposition to “fidgeting with a time bomb.”

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The phrases from Pyongyang got here in response to the US convening the united states over the newest DPRK missile check, this one that includes a short-range missile launched from a submarine.

The US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield known as the launch “the newest in a collection of reckless provocations” and mentioned such “illegal actions” are “unacceptable” and “in violation of a number of Safety Council resolutions.”

Nonetheless, she additionally advised reporters that it was “time to interact in sustained and substantive dialogue towards the objective of full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and that the US has “made clear that we maintain no hostile intent towards the DPRK.”

North Korean chief Kim Jong-un had met a number of occasions with US President Donald Trump beginning in 2018, in what regarded like a breakthrough within the decades-long standoff following the armistice that ended the 1953 Korean Conflict. 

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Because the talks slowed down in late 2019, Pyongyang lashed out at Trump’s rival Joe Biden for “insulting” the nation and its management, calling the Democrat a “rabid canine” who “should be crushed to dying with a stick” earlier than it may possibly harm individuals. Whereas Pyongyang has toned down its rhetoric in the direction of Biden as soon as the Democrat gained the 2020 presidential elections, the brand new US administration’s requires resumption of talks with North Korea have been met with silence or distrust.  Talking at a navy exhibition earlier this month, Kim mentioned that it could be “silly” to consider that the US was now not hostile to Pyongyang.  

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