After launch, North Korea called UN’s Guterres “puppet of US”
Seoul, November 21 North Korea’s foreign ministry called Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, “a puppeteer of the United States”, as she attacked the UN chief for joining the US-led condemnation against the North’s intercontinental missile test.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had earlier condemned North Korea’s ICBM launches on Friday. He also reiterated his call for the North to stop “any further provocative actions.” Guterres’s statement was made after other countries and the United States criticised the North’s ICBM testing, which showed the potential to strike anywhere on the continent.
Choe Son Hui, North Korean foreign minister, stated that he often takes the UN secretary general for a member the US White House or State Department. “I regret the UN secretary general’s deplorable attitude. He is ignorant of the UN Charter’s purpose and principles and his proper mission, which is to preserve impartiality, objectivity, and equity in all matters.”
Choe accused Guterres, claiming that he had overlooked the US and its allies passing the North’s ICBM testing to the UN Security Council. He stated that this “clearly proves that he was a puppet of America.”
Monday’s emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council was scheduled to discuss North Korea’s ICBM-launch at Japan’s request. It’s not clear if the U.N. Security Council can impose economic sanctions against North Korea. This is because China and Russia are two of the council members with veto power and have opposed previous U.S. moves to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its ban on ballistic missile tests earlier in the year.
Friday’s ICBM-launch was the latest in a series of missile tests by North Korea that experts believe are intended to increase its nuclear capabilities and enhance its influence in future diplomacy. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said that he observed Friday’s launch by its Hwasong-17 missile. He called it another “reliable” and “maximum-capacity weapon to counter U.S. military threats. Although the Hwasong-17 missile is still in development, experts believe it is the North’s longest-range missile. It is also capable of carrying several nuclear warheads that can defeat US missile defense systems.
North Korea claims its testing activities are a warning for the United States and South Korea about a series of military drills it believes was an invasion rehearsal. Washington and Seoul maintain that their exercises are defensive.
Monday’s statement by Choe defended her country’s missile tests and called them “legitimate” and “just exercise of the right for self-defense against provocative nuclear war rehearsals by the United States and its allied countries. It was “most astonishing and deplorable” to her that Guterres continued to blame North Korea for the recent increase in tensions on Korea’s peninsula.
Choe threatened to launch “fiercer military responses” to US steps to increase its security commitment to South Korea, Japan and other countries a day before the country’s ICBM testing.
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