North Korea says Biden showed 'deep-seated hostility' in missile remarks

The US called for additional sanctions over North Korea’s recent missile tests last week

"Such remarks from the USA president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and provocation to it", he said in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, according to Yonhap.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the two new-type tactical guided projectiles accurately hit the target off the eastern coast on Thursday.

In the meantime, Biden's actions moving forward will be to conduct a comprehensive review of our relations with North Korea alongside top US diplomats.

Thursday's launch, and an earlier test of short-range, non-ballistic missiles at the weekend, came after joint exercises by the US and South Korean militaries and a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, when Blinken repeatedly stressed the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.

Ri said Pyongyang was expressing its "deep apprehension over the US chief executive faulting the regular testfire, (an) exercise of our state's right to self-defense, as the violation of United Nations 'resolutions'".

Biden's remarks were an "undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and provocation, ' he said, adding Washington might face "something that is not good" if it continues to make 'thoughtless remarks". "We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power", he concluded. Some experts say North Korea aimed to apply pressure on the Biden administration to boost its leverage in future talks. Ri added that, quote, "we are by no means developing weapons to draw someone's attention or influence his policy", accusing the Biden administration of exploiting every opportunity to provoke Pyongyang by branding it as a security threat. North Korea has argued it has sovereign rights to perform such weapons tests to cope with US military threats. In a tour of Asia this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the USA would seek to reduce threats from North Korea, and denounced the Kim regime's human-rights record.

Ri said Washington insisted on a "gangster-like logic" to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon.

"I know very well our people have big worries about North Koreas missile launches yesterday", Moon said during a military ceremony.

This, as the Biden White House and the Department of Defense has yet to respond to recent nuclear missile tests and developments from the East Asian country. According to South Korean officials, North Korea fired two other missiles on Sunday but they were likely cruise missiles, which are not banned.



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