The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) accused U.S. President Joe Biden of "provocation" on Saturday for criticizing its recent missile launches.
North Korea appears to be preparing to launch a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, with USA and South Korean intelligence "thoroughly monitoring" developments at the North's Sinpo shipyard.
Mr Biden said the test violated UN Security Council resolutions but that he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang.
'We express our deep apprehension over the U.S. chief executive faulting the regular testfire, exercise of our state's right to self-defense, as the violation of United Nations "resolutions" and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility, ' Ri added.
"If the U.S. continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good", he said, adding that North Korea was prepared to "continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power".
The United States has asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council committee that monitors sanctions against North Korea, and its set to take place Friday morning behind closed doors. -South Korean military exercises, even though they were scaled down from prior years and relied heavily on digital simulations to avoid provoking Pyongyang.
"North Korea's unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs constitute serious threats to global peace and security", she told a regular news briefing.
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South Korea's military had also kept silent on North Korea's cruise missile launch until foreign news media reported on it Wednesday. Kim Yo Jong issued the latest verbal salvo on Moon over his criticism of the North's ballistic missile launches last week.
- North Korea said Saturday that US President Joe Biden's administration had taken the, quote, "wrong first step" in criticizing Pyongyang's latest missile test. Additionally, he is deferring responsibility to USA allies, hoping they will pressure North Korea to slow down their nuclear ambitions.
Before entering now-stalled nuclear talks with the United States in 2018, Kim Jong Un called then President Donald Trump "the mentally deranged USA dotard" after Trump called him a "little rocket man".
The test came just days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed to work to denuclearize North Korea and criticized its "systemic and widespread" human rights abuses during a visit to Seoul with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. "And there will be responses if they choose to escalate".
The North Korean comments reflect the regime's plans to intensify its weapons tests in the coming weeks and months, North Korea watchers said, and to justify such moves by putting the blame on the U.S.
Responding to a reporter's question Monday on whether this includes "sitting" with Kim, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "I think his approach would be quite different, and that is not his intention". By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.