The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized the United Nations Security Council for double standards after it called a meeting over Pyongyang’s launch of a ballistic missile, state media said on Tuesday.
The North launched an ICBM on Friday in one of its most powerful tests to date, prompting the Security Council to convene an open meeting on Monday in New York.
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Yo Jong, accused the UNSC of turning a “blind eye to the very dangerous military exercises” by Seoul and Washington and their “greedy arms buildup.”
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“This is clearly an exercise of double standards,” she said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
She said the United States, which she likened to a “barking dog seized with fear,” was pushing the Korean peninsula toward a new crisis and warned of the “strongest countermeasures.”
“The more hell bent it takes on operations against the DPRK, it will face a deadly security crisis,” Kim Yo Jong said, using North Korea’s official name, the Republic of Korea.
Kim Jong Un oversaw Friday’s launch, which KCNA said was a Hwasong-17 — dubbed the “monster missile” by experts.
The missile flew 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at an altitude of 6,100 km, South Korea’s military said, slightly less than the ICBM Pyongyang fired on March 24, in what appeared to be North Korea’s most powerful such test to date.
The naval launch was the latest in Pyongyang’s record-breaking launch in recent weeks.
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Pyongyang and Moscow have repeatedly blamed them for Washington’s moves to increase the protection it provides to allies Seoul and Tokyo.
Officials and experts in Seoul and Washington say the launches may build up to a seventh nuclear test.