September 30, 2023

North Korea decries criticism of its space launch by UN and NATO chiefs

DPRK officials call military spy satellite a logical response to US threats, reject legitimacy of UN sanctions

North Korea has protested against criticism of its latest satellite launch by the U.N. and NATO chiefs, calling its military reconnaissance program a legitimate “self-defense” measure against threats from the U.S. and its allies.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned North Korea’s failed attempt on Wednesday to place a military spy satellite into orbit using ballistic missile technology, labeling it a sanctions violation and security threat in separate statements.