North Korea accuses U.N. Security Council of double standards over missile test

North Korea said on Sunday that the United Nations Security Council had applied double standards to military activities between UN member states, state media told KCNA amid international criticism of its recent missile tests.

The council met behind closed doors on Friday at the request of the United States and other countries on the missile launches of the north.

The meeting took place the day after Pyongyang fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile, the latest in a recent series of weapons tests, including the launch of a previously unseen hypersonic missile, ballistic missile, and a cruise missile with potentially nuclear capabilities.

Jo Chol Su, director of the international organizations department of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said the UN Security Council meeting represented “open ignorance and willful encroachment” on its sovereignty and a “serious intolerable provocation”.

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Jo accused the council of double standards for keeping silent about joint US military exercises and weapons tests with allies, while questioning the North’s “self-defense activities”.

“This is a denial of impartiality, objectivity and balance, the lifelines of UN activities and an obvious manifestation of double deals,” Jo said in a statement from the official KCNA news agency.

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