North Korea Blasts UN for Denuclearization Statement

The North Korean Foreign Ministry criticized United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday after commenting that he “fully supports efforts to completely denuclearize North Korea.”

“I cannot but express deep regret over the said remarks of the U.N. secretary-general that grossly lack impartiality and fairness and go against the obligations of his duty, specified in the U.N. Charter, as regards the issue of the Korean Peninsula,” said Kim Son Gyong, Vice Minister for International Organizations of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry. 

On Friday, Guterres expressed his “full support for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, especially North Korea,” during a meeting with South Korean leaders. 

According to North Korean state media KCNA (Korean Central News Agency), Kim said the North’s “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” was “an infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK.”  

“It demands unilateral disarmament, and Secretary-General Guterres perhaps knows well that the DPRK has totally rejected it without any toleration,” Kim added, noting that Guterres should be careful in using “dangerous words.” 

This year, North Korea test-fired a record number of missiles, and South Korea and the United States said North Korea could be preparing to test a nuclear weapon amid stalled denuclearization talks. 

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