PYONGYANG, ($1=899.984 KPW) – North Korea said its recent test launch of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was not aimed at the United States, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax.
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“Since our test launch was planned solely for national defense and not for consideration or targeting the United States, there is no need to worry or agonize,” a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement released by the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (CTC).
For the North, US criticism of the country’s development of weapons is a “double standard” that casts doubt on the authenticity of Washington’s claims that it does not harbor hostility towards Pyongyang.
If the US does not object to the “legitimate exercise of sovereignty,” he said, “there will never be an incident that heightens tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”
“But if the United States and its followers make the wrong choice, this could catalyze more serious consequences,” the DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman warned.
The US condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests but reaffirmed that it remains committed to dialogue with Pyongyang.
“We have been declaring our openness to these discussions with North Korea for several months,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
North Korea launched a new type of ballistic missile from a submarine on Tuesday afternoon.
“The new ballistic missile intended for submarines will allow us to advance further in the field of defense technology. Our fleet will receive additional capabilities for operations underwater,” writes Yonhap, citing the DPRK’s official media.
This was the eighth major missile test conducted by Pyongyang this year, Yonhap said.
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