The UN Security Council was unable to agree on a joint statement Friday at its meeting on North Korea to discuss the launch of hypersonic missiles after another missile test was announced Thursday.
“On September 30, the DPRK conducted a test launch of a newly developed surface-to-air missile,” the North’s official news agency said Friday.
She added that the experience “made it possible to verify the remarkable combat performance of the missile … with the introduction of new key technologies” on it.
The official newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a photo of the rocket after it rose into the sky.
The Security Council failed to make a joint statement at its emergency meeting Friday, which lasted about an hour and a half, and at the request of Washington, Paris and London, following an earlier test announced by North Korea, in which it confirmed it had successfully hypersonic glide missile tested.
“France wanted to issue a press release, but Russia and China felt that the time was not right and needed more time to analyze the situation,” a diplomat told AFP.
With his latest actions, Kim Jong-un is trying to “test Washington’s heartbeat” and its “ability to withstand provocation,” RAND Corporation’s Su Kim told AFP.
“Maybe he wants to see how far he can go until the Biden administration starts to respond,” she added.
In 2017, at the initiative of the Donald Trump administration, the Security Council imposed severe economic sanctions on North Korea after its nuclear and missile tests.
Since the Joe Biden administration came to power, France has taken a confrontational approach, demanding a closed-door meeting of the Security Council as Pyongyang conducted a missile test.
On October 27, shortly after the launch of the missile that North Korea claims was hypersonic, United Nations Ambassador Kim Sung assured the annual General Assembly that his country had a “legitimate right” to test weapons and strengthen defenses”. capabilities.”
But US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that North Korea’s missile tests are contributing to instability and security.
“We are concerned about these repeated violations of Security Council resolutions, leading to further instability and security,” Blinken said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday rejected the United States’ offer for dialogue and accused President Joe Biden of continuing with the “hostile acts” of his predecessors, which Washington immediately denied.
The United States says it cannot currently confirm whether the North Korean missile is hypersonic, which would be an important technical advance as these missiles can reach supersonic speeds of at least five times.
“We are evaluating and analyzing the experiments to understand exactly what they did and the technology they used,” the US Secretary of State said.
Scholar Ahn Chan-il, who previously defected from North Korea, said Thursday’s test wants Pyongyang to be proud of what it is doing and prove its “presence on the international stage”.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently reiterated his call to officially declare the end of the Korean War. Although hostilities ended in 1953, the two sides signed a ceasefire rather than a formal peace treaty.
With repeated missile launches, Ahn Chan-il said, Pyongyang is trying to “buy time and make the best use of Seoul’s proposal to declare the end of the war and Washington’s offer to enter into a dialogue without preconditions.” .”
The Biden administration has repeatedly said it is ready to resume talks without conditions, while demanding that North Korea end the severe sanctions imposed on it.
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