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North Korea slams UN Security Council for holding emergency meeting on missile test

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The missile test was the latest in a series of escalating moves by North Korea. (file)

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North Korea on Sunday reprimanded the UN Security Council for holding an emergency meeting over the country’s latest missile tests, accusing member states of playing with “time-bombs”.

Pyongyang said on Friday it had successfully fired an anti-aircraft missile, the latest in a series of escalating tensions by the nuclear-armed state, which recently spent its time since a change in US administration in January. Had been.

In September, it tested what it said was a long-range cruise missile, and earlier this week tested what it described as a hypersonic gliding vehicle, which the South Korean military said was in an early stage of development. .

The tests prompted UN Security Council member states to convene an emergency meeting on North Korea on Friday, which was called by the United States, Britain and France.

Earlier this meeting was to be held on Thursday, but it got delayed. It went on for just over an hour and ended without a statement.

But it nonetheless angered Pyongyang, which called it an “unwanted encroachment” on its sovereignty and a “serious intolerable provocation”.

Jo Chol Su, director of the Department for International Organization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said using the acronym, “Demanding that we relinquish our right of self-defense means not accepting the DPRK as a sovereign state.” ” The official name of the country.

“I express strong concern at the fact that the UNSC amused itself this time with the dreaded ‘time-bomb’,” he said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

North Korea has a long history of using weapons tests as part of a carefully calibrated process to try to advance its objectives.

On Wednesday, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un described Washington’s repeated offers of talks without preconditions as a “small ploy”, accusing the Biden administration of continuing the “hostile policy” of its predecessors.

Under President Joe Biden, the United States has repeatedly expressed a desire to meet with North Korean representatives, while stating that it will seek denuclearization.

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