News ID: 316714
Published: 0353 GMT September 28, 2021

North Korea slams US for ‘double standards’ after new missile test

North Korea slams US for ‘double standards’ after new missile test
AFP

North Korea fired a missile toward the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their "double standards" on weapons programmes to restart talks.

The missile was launched from the central north province of Jagang at around 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT), the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Japan's Defence Ministry said it appeared to be a ballistic missile, Reuters reported.

The launch came just before North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations urged the United States to give up its hostile policy towards Pyongyang and said no one could deny his country's right to self defence and to test weapons.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in ordered aides to conduct a detailed analysis of the North's recent moves.

"We regret that the missile was fired at a time when it was very important to stabilise the situation of the Korean Peninsula," Defence Ministry spokesman Boo Seung-chan told a briefing.

At the UN General Assembly, Kim Song, North Korea's UN envoy, said the country was shoring up its self-defence and if the United States dropped its hostile policy and "double standards," it would respond "willingly at any time" to offers of talks.

"But it is our judgment that there is no prospect at the present stage for the US to really withdraw its hostile policy," Kim said.

Referring to a call by Moon last week for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, Kim said Washington needed to permanently stop joint military exercises with South Korea and remove "all kinds of strategic weapons" on and around the peninsula.

The United States stations various cutting edge military assets including nuclear bombers and fighter jets in South Korea, Guam and Japan as part of efforts to keep North Korea in check.

However, Moon, who has been in office for a single term, faces sagging popularity ahead of a presidential election in March.

Hopes for ending the war were raised after a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and then US president Donald Trump in Singapore in 2018. But that possibility and the momentum for talks came to nothing, with talks stalled since 2019.

 

 

   
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