22 May 2017

News Story: DPRK says UN, U.S. "double dealing" in criticizing its missile tests

UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday accused the United Nations and the United States of "double dealing" for condemning Pyongyang's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests.

Ambassador Kim In Ryong, deputy permanent representative of the DPRK, read out a letter to the media in the Press Briefing Room at UN headquarters in which he threatened to ignore UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions for what it calls discrimination and registered additional complaints against the world organization and the United States, including for joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

"The sophism of the U.S. claiming that it may carry out missile launches but not the DPRK and that its launches are a 'contribution' to peace and security while the one by DPRK is 'provocative' and strains tensions, is really the height of double-dealing standards," he said.

"The UNSC has kept mum about the U.S. test-fire of an ICBM which flew more than 6,000 kilometers across the ocean, even while crying out for 'denunciation' and 'sanctions' for ballistic rocket test-fires the DPRK carried out," Kim said.

The DPRK tested a Hwangsong-12 ICBM May 14 which the council criticized in a press statement while the United States tested ICBMs April 26 and May 3 without criticism, the Pyongyang envoy said.

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