Breaking: North Korea blasts ‘gangster-like logic’ of US reaction to missile test
North Korea has lashed out at US President Joe Biden over his comments on Pyongyang’s recent test-launch of two ballistic missiles, calling the remarks “provocation” and “encroachment” on the country’s right to self-defense.
North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced in a statement on Friday that Pyongyang had a day earlier launched two “new-type tactical guided projectiles” from its east coast into the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea.
The missiles, which can carry a warhead of up to 2.5 tons, as the state media outlet reported, flew approximately 300 miles over the East Sea and accurately hit the target off the coast.
Following the launch, Biden condemned the test as “destabilizing” and said it had violated UN Security Council resolutions, warning that Washington would respond if Pyongyang escalated its weapons tests.
Ri Pyong Chol, a leading official in North Korea’s missile program who had supervised the test, said on Saturday that the US president has taken a “wrong first step,” and his comments revealed Washington’s “deep-seated hostility” to Pyongyang.
“We express our deep apprehension over the US chief executive faulting the regular testfire, exercise of our state’s right to self-defense, as the violation of UN ‘resolutions’ and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility,” Ri said in a statement carried by KCNA.
Biden’s remarks were an “undisguised encroachment on our state’s right to self-defense and provocation,” he said, adding Washington might face “something that is not good” if it continues to make “thoughtless remarks.”
Ri accused the Biden administration of “exploiting every opportunity” to provoke Pyongyang by branding the country as a “security threat.”
The North Korean official also underlined that the test, which marked Pyongyang’s first weapons test since Biden took office in January, was self-defensive against threats posed by South Korea and the US with their joint military exercises.