Sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned the United States of a “more fatal security crisis” as the US calls on the UN to condemn North Korea’s latest missile test.
The Associated Press reported that Kim Yo Jong, who was considered the second most powerful person in North Korea after her brother, issued the warning after US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield read a statement from 14 countries supporting measures to curtail North Korea’s weapons program.
Kim said it was a “disgusting joint statement along with mobs like the UK, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea.”
Thomas-Greenfield announced at an emergency session of the UN Security Council that the US would circulate a proposed presidential statement to denounce North Korea’s missile launches.
North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday, in violation of UN resolutions, and has recently stepped up missile tests.
North Korea created the ICBM when Vice President Harris and other world leaders attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Thailand.
The US State Department and other countries subsequently condemned the rocket launch.
Kim said the US was a “barking dog full of fear,” and North Korea would regard the statement spread by the US as a “violation of our sovereignty and a serious political provocation.”
Some experts have said that North Korea’s successful steep-angle launch of its powerful Hwasong-17 rocket has proven its ability to attack anywhere in the US mainland when launched on a standard trajectory, AP reported.
The North Korean foreign minister described UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday as a “puppet of the United States,” after Guterres joined the US-led international condemnations of the ICBM test.