Published: 21:01, September 17, 2021 | Updated: 23:26, September 17, 2021
DPRK accuses US of double standards on missiles
By Reuters

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s state media accused the United States on Friday of double standards over military activities and pursuing a hostile policy towards Pyongyang that was hampering the restart of talks on the country's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The commentary comes after DPRK and the Republic of Korea (ROK) both test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday.

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Kim Myong-chol, whom it described as an "international affairs analyst", said the United States had "stirred up a terrific furore" by presenting DPRK's actions as "threats to international peace and security"

Washington condemned the DPRK's test as a threat to its neighbors, but did not mention Seoul's test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

In an article published by the official KCNA news agency, Kim Myong-chol, whom it described as an "international affairs analyst", said the United States had "stirred up a terrific furore" by presenting DPRK's actions as "threats to international peace and security".

"Terming them armed provocations timed to a certain occasion and aiming at a specific target, it faulted those measures which belong to our right to self-defense. This arrogant and self-righteous response is a vivid revelation of the American-style double-dealing attitude," Kim said.

"Today its high-handed practices have gone beyond the limit."

Kim said Washington was to blame for the stand-off preventing the restart of talks aimed at dismantling DPRK's nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for sanctions relief.

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"Even though contacts and dialogues are undertaken now, it is certain that the US would raise the double-dealing yardstick by which it would call our acts for self-defense 'threats' to the world peace and its allies," Kim said.

"Unless the US vouches for the withdrawal of its hostile policy toward the DPRK, the word denuclearization can never be put on the table."

His comments were in line with a statement on Wednesday by Kim Yo-jong, the sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, who lashed out at ROK for criticizing the DPRK's "routine defensive measures" while developing its own missiles.