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20 May 2017, 02:28 | Darnell Patrick
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On Sunday, North Korea test-fired what analysts say is its longest-range rocket yet as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental US.
"It is ridiculous", Kim In-Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters, suggesting Washington and Seoul were behind the allegation.
Choe was returning from Oslo with a North Korean delegation after holding talks with former USA officials there.
North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks between the pair.
The weekend launch was the first since a new liberal president took office in South Korea. In fact, North Korea has been intimidating the whole global community a lot since past few weeks, particularly with its nuclear program, cyber attacks, and military drills.
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South Korea's Defense Ministry said more analysis was needed to verify the North's claim on the rocket's technological features. Russian President Vladimir Putin was, in fact, not pleased - he called the country's nuclear program "damaging [and] unsafe ".
In a unanimously agreed statement, the 15-member UN Security Council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions". "Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the USA hostile policy toward DPRK, the root cause of all problems".
"The thought of placing cyanide in the hands of the North Koreans, considering their record on human rights, political prisoners, and assassinations is not only risky but defies common sense", Haley said in a statement. "You have to choose, you have to pick a side".
"The South Korean authorities have to draw a serious lesson from the wretched fate of traitor Park Geun-hye", the KCNA reported in English Thursday, "who met a miserable end while vociferating about "nuclear threat from the North" and going keen on hurting the fellow countrymen with the help of outsiders that only think [of] inflicting nuclear disaster on the nation".
"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.
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