North Korea Assails Biden Remarks on Its Latest Missile Test


North Korea on Friday confirmed it had tested a new guided missile, as US President Joe Biden warned of consequences if Pyongyang escalates tensions amid stalled nuclear negotiations.

North Korea appears to be preparing to launch a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, with US and South Korean intelligence "thoroughly monitoring" developments at the North's Sinpo shipyard.

In 2019, North Korea called Biden, then a presidential hopeful, a "rabid dog" and a "fool of low IQ" when it criticized his comments about its leadership.

KCNA quoted top official Ri Pyong Chol, who supervised the test, as saying that the new weapons development is of great significance in bolstering up the military power of the country and deterring all sorts of military threats existing on the Korean Peninsula. "If the USA continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good", he added.

In the meantime, Biden's actions moving forward will be to conduct a comprehensive review of our relations with North Korea alongside top USA diplomats.

'We can not but build invincible physical power for reliably defending the security of our state under the present situation in which South Korea and the United States constantly pose military threats, ' Ri said in a statement to the KCNA news agency. "We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power".

Cheong Seong-chang, director of the Center for North Korean Studies at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said that the Biden administration may seek to impose "additional sanctions against Pyongyang" if the North continues with its military provocations.

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North Korea has slammed the joint US military exercises with South Korea, even though they were repeatedly scaled back to reopen denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.

During their trip to Seoul and Tokyo, Blinken repeatedly stressed the importance of denuclearizing North Korea, and urged Beijing - the North's key ally - to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Ri called it "gangster-logic" for the United States to "ship the strategic nuclear assets into the Korean peninsula and launch ICBMs any time it wants" and to criticize the North when it conducts "even a test of a tactical weapon".

Officials of the administration say they have sought to reach out to Pyongyang through several channels but have received no response so far.

Under the terms of United Nations resolutions, North Korea is banned from firing ballistic missiles.

"We can hardly repress astonishment at his shamelessness", Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by the North's state media.

Neither the White House nor the US State Department have responded to Ri's statements.

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