A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) released the following statement on Thursday:
Despite our warning, six EU countries including Britain, France and Germany, at the instigation of the U.S., held a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to release a statement “critical” of our self-defensive measure.
The UNSC which champions fairness and equity picks fault with the just measure belonging to our right to self-defense, while keeping mum about the test-fire of Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile recently conducted by the U.S. This is a serious provocation against the DPRK.
Worse still, the U.S. begged for the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations, but it came to the talks with empty hand, thus breaking them off. Yet, it claimed that the result of negotiations was positive and it encouraged its satellites to release a statement critical of the DPRK. We are now looking deep into what its intention was.
As recognized by the international community, the United States conducted the recent intercontinental ballistic missile test-fire in a bid to pressure the DPRK. The DPRK can give tit for tat, but we are now exercising a restraint under the judgment that a counteraction is not necessary yet and it is still premature.
But there is a limit to our patience and there is no guarantee that all our patience would continue indefinitely.
Despite the strong warning from the DPRK, the UNSC, without a correct yardstick, put on the table for no justifiable reason the issue belonging to the DPRK’s right to self-defence just to meet someone’s interests. The reality urges the DPRK to reconsider the crucial measures it had taken on its own initiative for the confidence building with the U.S.