Seoul, South Korea:
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister denounced the UN Security Council for double standards after it convened a meeting over Pyongyang’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch, state media reported Tuesday.
The North fired an ICBM on Friday in one of its most powerful tests yet, prompting the Security Council to convene a public meeting in New York on Monday.
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Yo Jong, accused the UN Security Council of “turning a blind eye to Seoul and Washington’s very dangerous military exercises” and “their greedy arms buildup”.
“This is clearly the application of double standards,” she said in a statement from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
She said the United States, which she likened to “a barking dog seized with fear”, was pushing the Korean Peninsula into another crisis and warned of “the harshest counter-action”.
“The more resolute it becomes on action against the DPRK, the more deadly the security crisis will become,” said Kim Yo Jong, using the official name of the North, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Kim Jong-un oversaw Friday’s launch, which KCNA said was a Hwasong-17, dubbed the “monster missile” by analysts.
The missile flew 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at an altitude of 6,100 km, the South Korean military said, only slightly short of the Pyongyang ICBM fired on March 24 in what appeared to be the North’s most powerful test yet .
The launch was the latest in Pyongyang’s record-breaking blitz of launches in recent weeks.
Pyongyang and Moscow have repeatedly blamed them for Washington’s moves to increase the protection it offers to allies Seoul and Tokyo.
Officials and analysts in Seoul and Washington say the launches could lead to a seventh nuclear test.
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