October 23, 2021

North Korean diplomats lash out at US in interviews with foreign media

Experts say DPRK seeks to legitimize its position abroad, as ambassadors to China, Russia, Syria criticize US-ROK drills

Three North Korean ambassadors slammed the United States in interviews with Chinese, Russian and Syrian media last week, while taking aim at ROK-U.S. joint military exercises that began Monday.

Experts said the interviews with Russia’s TASS, China’s Global Times, and Syria’s Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), coming during a week when top North Korean officials criticized the drills in state media, demonstrate Pyongyang’s interest in legitimizing its perspective abroad.