North Korea reportedly cautioned Western powers on Monday against bringing up the nation’s recent missile tests at the United Nations Security Council, saying it would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”
The Security Council is set to meet Tuesday behind closed doors following Pyongyang’s announcement that it tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. Germany requested the meeting, with backing from France and Britain, Reuters reported.
“We know well that the United States is behind impure moves of the U.K., France and Germany,” North Korean U.N. Ambassador Kim Song told reporters Monday, according to the news service.
“The United States and its followers should bear in mind that if they raise the issue of our self-defensive measures at the U.N. Security Council meeting in this moment, it will further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty,” Kim reportedly added.
Asked whether this defense could entail further missile tests, Kim said, “it does not mean the launch of another missile,” but added to “please carefully watch what we will do in the future.”
The warning comes days after nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea in Sweden broke off early, with North Korean negotiators blaming U.S. intransigence for the lack of progress.
“We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as … happened this time before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward [North Korea],” a spokesperson for the nation’s foreign ministry told state news agency KCNA over the weekend.