SEOUL, South Korea—North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister said on Tuesday that Washington called for the United Nations to condemn North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, calling for a “more lethal security threat.” warned the United States that it would face a “crisis of
Kim Yo-jong’s warning comes after U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council that the U.S. would issue a draft presidential statement condemning North Korea’s banned missile launches and other destabilizing activities. It was issued hours after it said it would be circulated.After the meeting, Thomas Greenfield also read out statements from 14 countries supporting actions to limit the progress of North Korea’s weapons program.
Kim Yo Jong, widely regarded as the second most powerful person in North Korea after his brother, said the United States issued a “disgusting joint statement along with crap from Britain, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, etc.” criticized for
She said North Korea would view the US-led statement as “an egregious violation of our sovereignty and a grave political provocation.”
“The United States can never take away (North Korea’s) right to self-defense, even if it desperately seeks (North Korea’s) disarmament, and anti-(North Korea) actions will lead to even more deadly security threats. We will face a crisis,” she said in a statement shared by state media.
Monday’s UN Security Council meeting was convened after North Korea launched an ICBM on Friday. It was part of this year’s provocative missile test, which experts say is aimed at modernizing its nuclear arsenal and boosting its diplomatic clout in the future. Friday’s tests included the most powerful Hwasong-17 missile, which some experts said was successful at launching at a steep angle when launched on a standard trajectory, making it possible to locate anywhere on the continental United States. However, it is said that it has been proven that it is possible to attack.
At a Security Council meeting, the United States and its allies strongly criticized the intercontinental ballistic missile launch and called for action to limit North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. But Russia and China, Security Council members wielding veto powers, opposed renewed pressure and sanctions against North Korea. In May, the two countries vetoed a US-led attempt to tighten sanctions on North Korea over previous ballistic missile tests banned by UN Security Council resolutions.
North Korea has said its test activity is a legitimate exercise of its right to self-defense in response to regular military drills between the United States and South Korea that it views as rehearsals for aggression. , says the exercises are defensive in nature.
There are concerns that North Korea will soon conduct its first nuclear test in five years.
The status of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities remains shrouded in secrecy. Some analysts say North Korea already has nuclear missiles capable of striking both the mainland United States and its allies South Korea and Japan, but North Korea’s possession of such missiles is likely to continue. Some analysts say it will still take years.