The remarks, delivered in the form of a press statement by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), hit back against a joint condemnation by Britain, Germany, France, Estonia, and Belgium on Thursday of the DPRK’s “continued provocations.”
Accusing those states of working in tandem with the United States to pressure North Korea, the statement defended what it called the “usual training of our military.”
“As the world all knows, Britain, France, and Germany since May 2019 have supported the U.S. and took the lead in accusing us whenever we hold military training, with repeated absurd claims, saying such as ‘condemnation’ and that it is a ‘violation of UN resolution,'” the unnamed foreign ministry official said.
“How are we supposed to protect our country and hold in check the military power of the U.S. and South Korea in front of our eyes?” the statement continued. “The illogical thinking and unreasonableness of these countries are increasingly resembling the United States, which is hostile to us.”
Monday’s test, later described by North Korean media as having been of “long-range artillery sub-units of the Korean People’s Army” (KPA), was the country’s first of its kind this year and was overseen by leader Kim Jong Un.
South Korea condemned the exercise, urging Pyongyang not to conduct further provocative military actions and stressing that such tests would not help “ease tensions on the Korean peninsula.”
One expert said today’s statement was much more significant, being carried under the MFA’s name as a whole and not that of one official — and suggested it may hint at further testing to come.
“This pronouncement is significant in that it is the first pronouncement issued in the name of the DPRK foreign ministry since December 21, 2019,” Minyoung Lee, a senior analyst with NK News’s sister site NK Pro, said.
“The last sentence sounds like a straightforward threat,” she added. “It is basically saying North Korea will carry out a ‘grave’ action, and it could be a reference to the unveiling of ‘a new strategic weapon’ Kim Jong Un referred to in his party plenum speech.”
The remarks, delivered in the form of a press statement by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), hit back against a joint condemnation by Britain, Germany, France, Estonia, and Belgium on Thursday of the DPRK's "continued provocations."