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N. Korea accuses UN of double commonplace over missile firings

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United Nations of a “double commonplace” over its response to the North’s latest missile launches, warning it of a severe consequence.

Final week, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean in a defiance of U.N. resolutions that ban such launches by North Korea. The U.N. Safety Council subsequently adopted a decision to resume the mandate of U.N. specialists monitoring sanctions towards North Korea.

Some specialists say North Korea’s missile launches, the primary of their sort in a 12 months, have been aimed toward making use of strain on the brand new U.S. authorities of President Joe Biden.

“It constitutes a denial of sovereignty and an obvious double commonplace that the us takes situation, on the idea of the U.N. ‘resolutions’ — direct merchandise of the U.S. hostile coverage towards (North Korea),” senior North Korean International Ministry official Jo Chol Su stated in a press release carried by state media.

Jo stated it “doesn’t make any sense” for the U.N. council to take situation with solely North Korea’s missile launches, whereas not doing something on comparable weapons exams by different nations. He stated such a “double commonplace will invite extra severe consequence” however didn’t elaborate.

Observers say North Korea may test-fire longer-range missiles in coming weeks.

At Friday’s assembly of the committee monitoring sanctions and North Korea, the place all 15 Safety Council members are represented, U.N. diplomats stated a big majority expressed concern at Pyongyang’s newest violations of council resolutions banning ballistic missile launches. They stated the Safety Council is prone to maintain a closed dialogue on the missile launches this week.

Previous short-range missile launches by North Korea usually drew U.N. Safety Council condemnations, however not recent sanctions on the nation. North Korea was slapped with toughened U.N. sanctions in 2016-17 following its provocative run of missile and nuclear exams aimed toward buying the potential of launching nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland.

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