| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

North Korea accuses UN Security Council of enforcing a “double standard” regarding missile tests

North Korea accused the United Nations Security Council of applying a double standard after its sanctions committee condemned the country’s latest missile test as a violation of UN resolutions.

Last week, North Korea tested a new form of tactical short-range ballistic missile, forcing the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) sanctions committee to convene.

According to Jo Chol Su, director-general for international organizations at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, the US called for new sanctions and stricter enforcement of existing measures at the committee meeting on Friday, condemning the test as a violation of UN resolutions.

The meeting, Jo said, was “designed to undermine our state’s right to self-defense,” and that it would formulate a “countermeasure.”

“The UNSC takes issue on the basis of UN ‘resolutions’ – direct products of the US hostile policy,” Jo said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

“It makes no sense that only our righteous self-defense measure should be singled out for criticism as many other countries around the world are launching all manner of missiles to bolster their military capabilities.”

North Korea said on Saturday that by criticizing its self-defenses missile drill, US President Joe Biden’s administration had taken the wrong first move and exposed “deep-seated animosity.”



  • Reuters