North Korea issues warning to U.N. Security Council

Jo also accused the UN body of a “double-dealing standard” for not challenging similar weapons tests by the United States and its allies alike, according to a statement circulated by state media.

After a six-month hiatus, North Korea resumed missile testing in September and launched newly developed missiles, including nuclear weapons, that bring South Korea and Japan, both key US allies, within striking distance. The country was still offering conditional talks with South Korea in what some experts call an attempt to pressure Seoul to convince Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions against the country.

According to several UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea is banned from any ballistic missile activity as the country aims to mount nuclear weapons on its ballistic missiles. North Korea has argued that its nuclear program is designed to deal with US military threats, despite Washington saying it has no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang.

Despite its recent launches, North Korea is maintaining a 2018 self-imposed moratorium on a long-range missile that directly threatens the American homeland, a sign that it wants to keep alive the chances of future diplomacy with the US

US officials have urged North Korea to return to talks unconditionally, but the North has argued it will not do so unless the Americans drop their “hostile policies” in an obvious reference to the sanctions and regular military exercises between Washington and Seoul.

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