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Biden warns of ‘response’ after North Korean missile tests

Biden warns of ‘response’ after North Korean missile tests”

North Korea threatened a further military build-up on Saturday in response to Joe Biden's condemnation of this week's missile launches, a weapons test that marked Pyongyang's first substantive provocation since the USA president took office.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield wasn't specific about what those actions might entail, but noted that the UN Security Council had met last week and renewed the mandate of experts who monitor sanctions against the North.

Ri said it was "gangster-like logic" for Washington to criticize the North's launches while the US freely tested intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In a statement, Ri Pyong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, said that the firings are an exercise of its self-defense right and warned the U.S. of facing "something that is not good" if such "thoughtless remarks" continue.

In a statement carried by state news agency KCNA on Saturday, top North Korean official Ri Pyong Chol ripped into Biden's, quote, "thoughtless remarks", calling them an "undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defense and a revelation of deep-seated hostility".

The official also warned that the US will face "something that is not good" if such "thoughtless remarks" continue.

A newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile, which KCNA reports is launched on March 25, 2021, is pictured in this photo released March 26, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Biden warned that there would be responses if Pyongyang escalates matters.

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"The two sides expressed deep concerns over North Korea's missile launches, and stressed that the North's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs pose serious threats to peace and stability of Northeast Asia and beyond", according to the ministry.

He also said the North has no choice but to build "invincible physical power" to defend its own country at a time when Seoul and Washington continue to conduct combined military exercises and "constantly pose military threats to the Korean peninsula".

Ri said Washington insisted on a "gangster-like logic" to be able to bring strategic nuclear assets to South Korea and test intercontinental ballistic missiles at its convenience, but ban North Korea from testing even a tactical weapon.

"We can hardly repress astonishment at his shamelessness", Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by the North's state media.

This, as the Biden White House and the Department of Defense has yet to respond to recent nuclear missile tests and developments from the East Asian country.

But when asked earlier about the launch and whether it would affect the policy review, department spokeswoman Jalina Porter once again condemned the test as "destabilizing".

"I can't underscore enough that the president and his security team are continuing to assess the situation and one of our greatest priorities right now is ensuring that we're on the same page as our allies and partners".



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