North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday condemned a recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting regarding its recent spate of missile testing, in a statement warning that the country was preparing to take countermeasures in response to the U.S.’s “bandit-like” behavior.
In a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), a spokesperson for the North’s foreign ministry cited yesterday’s meeting of the UNSC as proof that, despite its calls for Pyongyang to return to dialogue, Washington seeks to “disarm us completely.”
“The U.S. talks about dialogue, whenever it opens its mouth, but it is very evident that the U.S. has nothing to present before us though dialogue may open,” the official said.
Wednesday’s emergency meeting of the Security Council saw U.S. ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft urge North Korea to return to dialogue, warning the country not to conduct “destabilizing” long-range missile tests.
But Pyongyang today rejected that call, dismissing U.S. calls for talks and echoing recent comments by top official Kim Yong Chol that the country has “nothing more to lose.”
“As we already declared, we have nothing to lose more and we are ready to take a countermeasure corresponding to anything that the U.S. opts for,” the spokesperson said.
They also reiterated North Korea’s looming end-of-year deadline for diplomacy with the U.S. to produce results, suggesting that recent American actions had solidified its pending decision to shift away from engagement with Washington.
“By holding the meeting, the U.S. did a foolish thing which will boomerang on it, and decisively helped us make a definite decision on what way to choose,” the spokesperson said.
“The year-end time limit set by us is nearing but the U.S. continues to raise the level of its provocation against us.”
Thursday’s statement comes amid broader hints from North Korea that it will seek to pursue its so-called “new path” in relations with the U.S. come the New Year, and follows a string of similar comments by top officials to that effect.
And following remarks by President Donald Trump in the wake of that test that Kim Jong Un had “everything to lose” should he not keep his promise to denuclearize, top ruling party official Ri Su Yong warned of “catastrophic consequences” should the U.S. escalate tensions.
Saturday also saw Kim Song, the country’s ambassador to the UN, stress that the issue of denuclearization was now off the table in any future talks between the U.S. and North Korea.
The country is set to hold a plenum meeting of its ruling party’s Central Committee later this month, at which it is expected to unveil its new policy line towards the U.S.
Edited by Colin Zwirko
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