North Korea accuses U.S of operating double standards over weapons development

By Amelia Riley

North Korea has said that the U.S’s reaction to its recent missile test was an overreaction, and accused it of operating double standards over weapons development.

A spokesperson at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said that this week’s test of a new ballistic missile from a submarine was part of North Korea’s activity to carry out its defense plan, and that it wasn’t aimed at the U.S or any other country.

In recent weeks, Pyongyang said that their weapons tests are aimed at boosting their defenses just as other countries do, and has accused the U.S, South Korea and the United Nations of operating double standards and a hostile policy towards it.

The United Nations Security Council met on Wednesday following a request from the U.S and the spokesperson at Pyongyang said Washington had taken “very provocative moves” for doing so.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations, urged Pyongyang to comply with United Nations sanctions banning missile and nuclear tests, and to accept offers of talks.

Using the acronym for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the spokesperson said: “To criticize the DPRK for developing and test-firing the same weapon system as the one the U.S. possesses or is developing is a clear expression of double standards

“It only excites our suspicion about the ‘authenticity’ of its statement that it does not (want to) antagonize the DPRK.”

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