SEOUL, Nov. 21 (AP) — North Korea’s foreign minister called U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a “puppet of the United States” as she blasted the U.N. chief for joining a U.S.-led condemnation of North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier issued a statement strongly condemning North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday and reiterated his call on North Korea to “immediately cease any further provocative actions.”
Guterres’ statement followed similar criticism from the United States and others over North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which indicated the potential to strike anywhere on the continental United States.
“I often think of the UN secretary-general as a member of the U.S. White House or its State Department,” North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement carried by state media.
“I strongly regret the very deplorable attitude of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, disregarding the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and his proper mission of impartiality, objectivity and impartiality in all matters.”
Choe accused Guterres of ignoring the United States and its allies for bringing North Korea’s ICBM test to the UN Security Council, saying “this is clear evidence that he is a puppet of the United States”.
At the request of Japan, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday morning on North Korea’s ICBM launch. But it’s unclear whether it could impose new economic sanctions on North Korea, as two veto-wielding Security Council members, China and Russia, opposed a move by the United States and its allies to tighten sanctions on North Korea over a ban on North Korea’s ballistic missile tests earlier this year. some time.
On Sunday, senior diplomats from the world’s major industrialized democracies issued a joint statement calling on the UN Security Council to take tough measures in response to North Korea’s missile launch. “(North Korea’s) actions require a unified and strong response from the international community, including further significant measures by the UN Security Council,” the foreign ministers of the G7-Canada and France said in a statement. , Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US.
Friday’s ICBM launch was the latest in an ongoing series of missile tests by North Korea that experts say are aimed at boosting its nuclear capabilities and increasing its leverage in future diplomacy.
North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un observed Friday’s launch of the Hwasong-17 missile, calling it another “reliable and maximum-capacity” weapon to deter U.S. military threats. Some experts say the Hwasong-17 is still under development, but it is North Korea’s longest-range missile and is designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads to overcome U.S. missile defenses.
North Korea has argued that its testing campaign was a warning to a series of U.S. and South Korean military drills it considers to be invasion drills. Washington and Seoul insist their maneuvers are defensive in nature.
In Monday’s statement, Choi again defended her country’s missile tests, saying they were a “lawful and just exercise of the right to self-defense” against a “provocative nuclear war rehearsal” by the United States and its allies. She said it was “the most surprising and saddest to me” because Guterres still blamed North Korea, rather than the United States, for the recent escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
A day before her country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, Choi threatened a “tougher” military response to U.S. steps to strengthen its security commitments to South Korea and Japan. (Associated Press)
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