‘Double standards’: North Korea condemns UN’s attempts to strip its ‘right to self-defense’ after latest missile tests

North Korea has accused the UN Security Council (UNSC) of double standards for labeling Pyongyang’s latest missile tests as a violation of UN resolutions, stating it’s an attempt to remove the “right of our state to self-defense.”

The response from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry came after the United States used a UNSC meeting to call for new sanctions following recent missile tests.

North Korea claimed that they were simply testing their “righteous self-defensive measure,” condemning the UN’s “double standard” for singling their nation out “when many other countries across the globe are firing all kinds of projectiles for the purpose of increasing their military strength.”

It constitutes a denial of sovereign state and an apparent double standard that UNSC takes issue, on the basis of the UN ‘resolutions’ – direct products of the US hostile policy.

Pyongyang is believed to have conducted two sets of missile tests in recent weeks, including firing two tactical short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan and two non-ballistic missiles into the adjoining Yellow Sea.

The missile tests have been criticized by Japan and South Korea, as well as the US Pacific Command, which cited “the threat that North Korea’s illicit weapons programme poses to its neighbours and the international community.”

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The UNSC is set to hold a closed meeting on Tuesday to discuss further measures in response to the missile tests. Members of the UN group have not specified yet what measures they will seek to take against North Korea.

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