Published: Tue, March 30, 2021
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North Korea doubles down on nuclear weapons plan after Biden’s salvo

North Korea doubles down on nuclear weapons plan after Biden’s salvo

"I think that the new USA administration obviously took its first step wrong", Ri said in the statement, which KCNA reported was issued on Friday. The council is also expected to hold closed-door discussions on North Korea today.

Biden on Thursday called the reported tests a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, but insisted that he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang.

In 2019, North Korea called Biden, then a presidential hopeful, a "rabid dog" and a "fool of low IQ" when it criticized his comments about its leadership.

North Korea appears to be preparing to launch a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, with US and South Korean intelligence "thoroughly monitoring" developments at the North's Sinpo shipyard.

"Such remarks from the U.S. president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defence and provocation to it", Ri Pyong Chol, who supervised the missile test, said in a statement, according to the outlet.

In a statement issued through the North's KCNA news agency, a senior foreign ministry official defended the launches, saying, "Many other countries across the globe are firing all kinds of projectiles". "If the United States continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good", he added. They added North Korea's last missile test showed their newest weapons could be six times more powerful than the atomic bomb used at Hiroshima in 1945.

Japan is considering extending its own sanctions against North Korea, with the aim of keeping pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize and resolve its abductions of Japanese nationals, a government source said Friday. They reportedly argued that from a long-term perspective, sanctions ought to be eased. She said Moon's "illogical and brazen-faced" comments echoed the USA stance.

The Saturday statement from Ri Pyong Chol, the secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, notes that Biden is shedding light on his "deep-seated hostility" toward North Korea. -South Korean military exercises, even though they were scaled down from prior years and relied heavily on digital simulations to avoid provoking Pyongyang.

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. Additionally, he is deferring responsibility to US allies, hoping they will pressure North Korea to slow down their nuclear ambitions.

"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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