On Wednesday, North Korea conducted a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and Ambassador Kim Song backed the move.
The North Korean envoy to the United States addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Kim Song defended the launch as a legal measure of self-defense for the country.
No one can deny a sovereign state the right to self-defense, Kim said, because this right is enshrined in the UN Charter and international law. It’s an undeniable fact that no one can dispute.
In addition, the ambassador elaborated, North Korea’s recent test-fire of a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasongpho-18, is a justifiable exercise of the right to self-defense intended to deter the hostile forces’ reckless military movements and ensure the safety of the state and regional peace. North Korea has created an intercontinental ballistic missile called the Hwasongpho-18.
In front of the United Nations Security Council, the reclusive country had not been heard from in almost ten years.
South Korean Ambassador Hwang Joon-Kok was present at the conference as an observer.
On Wednesday, North Korea re-ignited the region’s tensions by firing an intercontinental ballistic missile into the East Sea from a submarine.
South Korean military leaders have reported detecting a ballistic missile launch near Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The secretive state of North Korea made the declaration only days after it promised devastating repercussions in reaction to what it described as aggressive U.S. surveillance activities near its borders.
The North Korean leader’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, has accused the United States of conducting surveillance flights above the North’s EEZ. The North Korean government claims ownership of the seabed within 200 nautical miles of the country’s territory.
On Monday, Kim Yo Jong stated that a U.S. spy plane had violated North Korea’s EEZ by flying into international waters east of the Korean peninsula. According to reports, fighters from North Korea coerced the jet to take off.
She also said that at around 8:50 in the morning, North Korea’s military issued a strong warning to the United States after a U.S. aircraft crossed the eastern maritime boundary again.