North Korean foreign minister Choe Son Hui called UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a puppet of the United States as she criticised the UN chief for collaborating with the US in its condemnation of the recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
North South Korea’s Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui called UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “a puppet of the United States” as she criticized the UN chief for joining the US-led condemnation of North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier issued a statement that strongly condemned North Korea’s ICBM launched on Friday, calling on North Korea North to “immediately cease any further provocative actions.” Guterres’s remarks came shortly after that the United States and other countries also issued similar criticisms of North Korea’s ICBM test, which showed the possibility to strike anywhere within the continent of the US.
“I often ask the UN secretary-general to be a part of either the US. White House or its State Department,” North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a press release published by the state media.
I am deeply disappointed regarding the reality that the UN secretary-general has displayed the shadiest position in disregarding the goal and fundamentals that are a part of the UN Charter and its legitimate purpose, which is to ensure fairness, impartiality, and equity in all aspects.” Choe accused Guterres of ignoring that the US as well as its allies who submitted the North’s test for ICBM before be considered by the UN Security Council, saying that “This shows that Guterres is a puppet by and the US.”
It was reported that the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Monday morning to discuss the North’s ICBM launch, at Japan’s request. However, it’s unclear whether it is able to impose new economic sanctions against North Korea because China and Russia are among the Council’s members with veto power who have resisted the prior US as well as its allies’ attempts to increase sanctions against the North in the wake of its ban on testing in ballistic missiles earlier in the year.
On Sunday, the most powerful diplomats from the world’s most industrialized democracies signed a statement calling for strong action from the UN Security Council in reaction to the North Korean missile launch. “(North Korea’s) actions call for an immediate and united response from all nations, which includes the necessity of further important steps to be adopted from the UN Security Council,” declared the Foreign Ministers of members of the Group of Seven nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Friday ICBM test was just the latest of the ongoing series of missile launches that experts say are designed to enhance its nuclear capabilities and strengthen its position in the coming diplomatic relations.
North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un witnessed the launch of the Hwasong-17 missile. Kim said that it is an additional “reliable and high-capacity” weapon that can thwart US security threats. Certain experts believe that the Hwasong-17 is in the process of development but it’s North Korea’s longest-range missile and was designed to carry multiple nuclear warheads that can defeat US missile defense systems.
North Korea has claimed that its tests are an alarm for both the United States and South Korea regarding their military drills which the North believes was an exercise to simulate an invasion. Washington as well as Seoul have said that their drills are in the nature of defensive exercises.
In her declaration on Monday, Choe again defended her nation’s missile tests and declared them a “legitimate and legitimate exercise of self-defense rights” in the face of “provocative nuclear war exercises” that are being conducted by the United States and its allies. Choe said that it’s “most remarkable and disappointing for my mind” as Guterres continues to blame North Korea for a recent eruption of conflicts within the Korean Peninsula, not the United States.
The day before the government’s ICBM tests, Choe threatened to launch “fiercer” military actions in response in response to actions taken made by the US to increase its security commitments towards South Korea and Japan.