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Kim’s sister warns US of ‘a more fatal security crisis’

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Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press

Published Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 8:48 AM EST

Last Updated Tue Nov 22, 2022 8:48 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister said on Tuesday that Washington calls for UN condemnation of North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test to be ‘more deadly’. He warned the United States that it would face a “tremendous security crisis.”

Kim Yo-jong’s warning comes after US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the US would issue a draft presidential statement condemning North Korea’s banned missile launches and other destabilizing activities. It was issued hours after it said it would be circulated.After the meeting, Thomas Greenfield also read out statements from 14 countries supporting actions to limit the progress of North Korea’s weapons programme.

Kim Yo Jong, widely considered the second most powerful person in North Korea after his brother, said the United States had issued a “disgusting joint statement along with crap from Britain, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, etc.” criticized for

Kim likened the United States to a “terror-stricken barking dog.” She said North Korea would view the US-led statement as “an egregious violation of our sovereignty and a grave political provocation.”

“The United States will never deprive (North Korea) of its right to self-defense, even if it desperately seeks (North Korea’s) disarmament. crisis,” she said in a statement quoted by state media.

Monday’s UN Security Council meeting was convened after North Korea launched an ICBM on Friday. It was part of this year’s provocative missile tests, which experts say are aimed at modernizing its nuclear arsenal and boosting its diplomatic clout in the future. Friday’s tests included the most powerful Hwasong-17 missile, which some experts said was successful at launching at a steep angle when launched on a standard trajectory, making it more likely than anywhere else on the continental United States. However, it is said that it has been proven that it is possible to attack.

At a Security Council meeting, the United States and its allies strongly criticized the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile and called for action to limit North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. But Russia and China, Security Council members wielding veto powers, opposed renewed pressure and sanctions against North Korea. In May, the two countries vetoed a US-led attempt to tighten sanctions on North Korea over previous ballistic missile tests banned by UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea has said its test activity is a legitimate exercise of its right to self-defense in response to regular military drills between the United States and South Korea that it views as rehearsals for aggression. , says the exercises are defensive in nature.

Kim Yo Jong said the fact that North Korea’s ICBM launch was discussed by the Security Council was a “clear application of double standards” by UN agencies as it “turned a blind eye” to US-South Korea military exercises. She said North Korea will not tolerate any attempt to undermine its right to self-defense and will fight “the most severely until the very end” to protect national security.

On Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Choi Sun-hee called UN Secretary-General António Guterres a “puppet of the United States.”

There are concerns that North Korea will soon conduct its first nuclear test in five years.

The status of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities remains shrouded in secrecy. Some analysts say North Korea already has nuclear missiles capable of striking both the mainland United States and its allies South Korea and Japan, but North Korea’s possession of such missiles is likely to continue. Some analysts say it will still take years.

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