The comments are the first in response to the May 21 summit between U.S. and South Korean leaders.
North Korea’s state media have been hit by the recent termination of a U.S.-South Korea agreement that limited the development of South Korea’s ballistic missiles, calling it a sign of the “shameful double treatment “of Washington.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the abolition of the joint missile guidelines that had limited the range of ballistic missiles developed by the south to 800 kilometers (500 miles) after its launch. first peak with U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency published an article on Monday by Kim Myong Chol, whom it described as a “critic of international affairs,” for accusing the United States of enforcing a double standard as it tried to ban Pyongyang develop ballistic missiles.
The United States is “absorbed in the confrontation despite its dialogue service,” Kim said. “The completion step is a reminder of the hostile US policy towards the DPRK and its shameful double dealing.”
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is the official name of North Korea.
North Korea’s target is the U.S., not the South Korean military, and it will counter the U.S. by the “principle of force for force,” Kim said.
The comments are North Korea’s first in response to the May 21 summit between U.S. and South Korean leaders. Pyongyang has previously said it will not return talks as long as there is “hostility” in the US.
The above range limits, enough for a South Korean weapon to attack all of North Korea, arose from concerns about a regional arms race.
“South Korean progressives often express their willingness to cancel defense exercises with the United States to focus on North Korea’s diplomatic involvement. But the suspension of the Seoul guidelines that had limited its missile capabilities could be a greater source of friction in the search for peace with Pyongyang, “Leif-Eric Easley, an associate professor of studies, said in an email. at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
“From a Pyongyang perspective, it looks like an expensive arms race. The Kim regime will continue to complain about South Korean “hypocrisy” and US “hostility” as it advances its own missile programs. “
Kim, the KCNA commentator, accused the United States of trying to “provoke (an) arms race on the Korean peninsula and its surrounding areas and check the development of (North Korea),” as he described Moon of “disgusting, indecent” for welcoming the completion of the guidelines.
The Biden administration is shaping a new North Korean approach amid talks about the North nuclear program.
During their summit, Biden and Moon said the U.S. review “takes a practical, calibrated approach that is open and will explore diplomacy” with North Korea.
The North Korean statement indirectly criticized the Biden administration’s review, which said the new policy was seen by other countries as “just a hoax.”