N. Korea accuses United Nations of 'double standard' for criticising missile tests

A newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile which KCNA reports is launched

Commuters watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Joe Biden during a news program at the Suseo Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday.

North Korea has condemned Biden's recent remarks regarding missile tests conducted by Pyongyang, warning the U.S. that it may face "something that is not good" if the president continues to make similar "thoughtless remarks".

The Biden administration is in the final stages of a review on policy towards the North, and the new US president has repeatedly said he will look to rebuild the alliances with partners such as South Korea that suffered under his predecessor Donald Trump.

"If the US continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good", he added, warning that North Korea was prepared to "continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power".

A newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile, which KCNA reports is launched on March 25, 2021, is pictured in this photo released March 26, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea has also slammed the South Korea-US exercises which ended last week, even though they were repeatedly scaled back to facilitate a restart of demilitarization talks with Pyongyang. They added North Korea's last missile test showed their newest weapons could be six times more powerful than the atomic bomb used at Hiroshima in 1945.

Cheong Seong-chang, director of the Center for North Korean Studies at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said that the Biden administration may seek to impose "additional sanctions against Pyongyang" if the North continues with its military provocations.

Ri said Washington insisted on a "gangster-like logic" to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon. Additionally, he is deferring responsibility to US allies, hoping they will pressure North Korea to slow down their nuclear ambitions.

"We can hardly repress astonishment at his shamelessness", Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by the North's state media.

The Biden administration has been reviewing its North Korea policy, which looks at pressure options and ways to rekindle long-stalled diplomatic talks with Pyongyang.

Neither the White House nor the US State Department have responded to Ri's statements. North Korea on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, called Moon "a parrot raised by America", as it is resuming its trademark derisive, colorful rhetoric on its rivals amid renewed animosities on the Korean Peninsula. "So that's what we're doing right now, consulting with our allies".



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