Kim Yo Jong, the politically powerful sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, has warned Western critics of the hermit kingdom of a “fatal security crisis.”
Kim Yo Jong made the comment in reference to condemnations of North Korea’s missile tests by US-aligned nations after a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.
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“The United States must be aware that no matter how desperately it seeks to disarm [North Korea]can never deprive [North Korea] of his right to self-defense and that the more he insists on the anti-[North Korea] acts, you will face a more fatal security crisis,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement to state media.
The Security Council meeting was convened after the North Korean military test-fired intercontinental ballistic missiles, apparently for the purpose of bolstering national self-defense.
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Kim Yo Jong criticized the United States for its “disgusting joint statement along with mobs like Britain, France, Australia, Japan and South Korea.”
State media KCNA said on Saturday that Kim Jong Un had watched the launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile with his wife, Ri Sol Ju, and their “beloved daughter” on Friday.
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North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published photos of Kim Jong Un looking at a missile with his daughter.
The 38-year-old ruler said the launch of the Hwasong-17 missile, the country’s missile long-range nuclear-capable missile — demonstrated that it has a reliable weapon to contain US-led military threats.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the weapon could travel up to 9,320 miles, enough to reach the continental US.