(Seoul) North Korea has accused the United States of adhering to “double standards” in weapons testing, North Korean state media reported on Thursday after an emergency Security Council meeting on the issue.
Pyongyang on Tuesday launched a new strategic offshore ballistic missile (SLPM) from the sea, the latest in a series of tests, sparking a United Nations meeting at the initiative of Washington and London.
A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said the test was not aimed at the United States and was “for national security only.”
“So the United States does not need to worry or worry about this test shooting,” the spokesman added, according to a statement from state news agency KCNA.
The minister added that the US criticism of Pyongyang was “a clear expression of the dual standards of development and testing of the same weapons system that the United States possesses or builds.” Diplomat.
“This strengthens our suspicions,” he said, referring to the sincerity of US statements emphasizing that they have no hostile views on the Kim Jong-un regime.
Mr Kim met with then-US President Donald Trump three times, but the two disagreed on ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
Negotiations stalled in early 2019 after the Hanoi summit failed.
President Joe Biden has promised to continue exploring the diplomatic path, but with a much less critical approach, looking for areas of progress.
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