NKorea Lashes Out at Sanction Threat 10/24 06:10
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean officials lashed out Monday at
efforts in the United Nations to strengthen sanctions following the North's
latest missile launches and nuclear test in September.
The officials told an Associated Press Television crew in Pyongyang that
sanctions targeting the nuclear and missile tests are "criminal documents" and
accused the United States of orchestrating the condemnation.
The United Nations has imposed sanctions on North Korea since 2006 for its
nuclear tests and rocket launches. Last week, the U.N. Security Council called
on members to "redouble their sanction efforts."
"The sanction resolutions of the U.N. Security Council are illegal criminal
documents," Pang Kwang Hyok, vice director of the department of international
organizations at the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the APTN
crew in Pyongyang. The North's mission to the U.N. issued a similar statement
that was distributed by North Korean state media on Monday.
"These resolutions determined that our nuclear tests and satellite launches
pose threats to international peace and security, but then the problem is why
has the U.N. Security Council never taken issue with the nuclear tests and
satellite launches conducted by other countries?" Pang said.
The issue has intensified since the United States and South Korea said they
detected two failed North Korean missile launches this month, possibly of
Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The U.N.'s most powerful body, in a statement approved last week by its 15
members, deplored all North Korean missile tests, saying they contribute to the
country's "development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase
Security Council members called on all countries "to redouble their efforts"
to implement sanctions and expressed regret that Pyongyang is diverting
resources when its citizens "have great unmet needs."
Musudan missiles have a potential range of about 3,500 kilometers (2,180
miles), which would put U.S. military bases in Guam within their striking
Pang repeated the North's claim that sanctions won't stop Pyongyang from
developing its nuclear arsenal.
"I can state that it is a complete miscalculation to think that any
sanctions or pressure can have any effect on us," he said.