Geneva: North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of driving the Korean peninsula towards “an extreme level of explosion” and declared that it was justified in responding with “tough counter-measures”. The combative statement came hours North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island into the sea, drawing a sharp reaction from Japan, the United States, South Korea and other states.
Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva did not explicitly refer to his country’s latest test. But he said U.S “pressure and provocative acts” would only give his country grounds to take unspecified measures.
“ It is an undeniable fact that the U.S is driving the situation of the Korean peninsula towards an extreme level of explosion by developing huge strategic assets around the peninsula, by conducting a series of nuclear war drills and maintaining a nuclear freeze and blackmail for over half a century,” Han told the conference on Disarmament in Geneva.