North Korea expresses ‘strong regret’ over UN rebuke of ICBM launch: KCNA

North Korea’s foreign minister on Sunday expressed “strong regret” over UN chief Antonio Guterres’ condemnation of the country’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, state news agency KCNA said in a statement.

The North launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday in one of its most powerful tests yet, prompting Guterres to call on Pyongyang to stop any further “provocative actions”.

Foreign Minister Choi Song-hui responded by expressing “deep regret that the UN Secretary-General has taken a very deplorable position.”

In the UN chief’s statement, Chow said, he “forgot the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and its own mission, which is to maintain impartiality, objectivity and fairness in all matters.”

She added that the episode shows that Guterres “is a puppet of the US”.

In recent weeks, nuclear-armed North Korea has carried out a record number of launches, which Pyongyang and Moscow have repeatedly blamed on moves by Washington to beef up the protection it offers to allies Seoul and Tokyo.

Since Kim Jong Un declared North Korea an “irreversible” nuclear power in September, the United States has increased regional security cooperation.

“We recently warned the UN Secretary General to consider the Korean Peninsula issue based on impartiality and objectivity,” Choe said.

She added that the North has made it clear that this should lead to “self-defense amid the alarming security situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region caused by the dangerous military cooperation of the US and its vassal forces.”

“Nevertheless,” Choe said, “the UN secretary-general put the blame for the case on the DPRK, not the US.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw Friday’s launch, which KCNA said was a Hwasong-17 — what analysts called a “monster missile.”

The missile flew 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at an altitude of 6,100 km, the South Korean military said, just short of an ICBM fired by Pyongyang on March 24 in what appeared to be North Korea’s most powerful such test.

Later on Friday, Tokyo and Washington held joint military exercises in the airspace over the Sea of ​​Japan.

The UN Security Council said on Saturday it would discuss the issue of North Korea at a meeting on Monday.

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