North Korea has accused the US of incitement for provocation over the latter’s comment over the criticism of North Korea’s ballistic tests.
The statement issued by senior official Ri Pyong Chol came after the North on Thursday tested-fired two short-range missiles off its eastern coast in the first ballistic launches since Biden took office.
In comments carried by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, Ri said the North expresses “deep apprehension” over Biden’s remarks that were “openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK.” DPRK refers to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Ri said it was “gangster-like logic” for the United States to criticize the North’s tactical weapons tests when the Americans are freely testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and could send their strategic military assets to the region surrounding the Korean Peninsula at any time.
“I think that the new U.S. administration obviously took its first step wrong,” Ri said.
“If the U.S. continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good.”