Pyongyang: Rebuffing the UN Security Council’s condemnation, North Korea today gave its justification regarding its latest long, medium range ballistic missile test-firing and said that it was a “routine work to raise nuclear capability for self-defence”.
“The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of special significance in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and it is the greatest victory of the Korean people,” Xinhau news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Tuesday.
North Korea is also stepping up diplomatic actions to seek support and understanding from other countries over its missile launch. The Foreign Ministry on Monday briefed envoys of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states on the present situation.
North Korean officials accused the US of pressuring other countries into severing or degrading diplomatic ties with it by misusing “sanction resolutions” against it.