Washington’s accusations are “the height of audacity”, according to the UN mission in Pyongyang
The United States has no right to target Pyongyang when talking about nuclear threats, since the country is in fact the “main culprit of nuclear proliferation”, North Korea’s permanent mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Wednesday.
It came in response to comments by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday during the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), currently underway at UN headquarters.
“Given that the United States is the main culprit in nuclear proliferation, for them to make claims about anyone’s ‘nuclear threats’ is the height of audacity,” he added. reads the statement, quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Blinken told the conference that Pyongyang “continues to expand its illegal nuclear program” and “preparing to carry out its seventh nuclear test.”
The United States continues to contribute to the proliferation of nuclear weapons as part of a strategy to ensure its “hegemony,” claims the North Korean statement. He also noted that “The United States cannot deny that it transferred nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia, nor that it gave consent for Israel to acquire nuclear weapons.”
The UN mission argued that North Korea withdrew from the NPT in full compliance with its provisions a long time ago, adding that no one had the right or justification to infringe on its right to legitimate defense.
On Tuesday, the Director General of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, told the NPT conference that the United States should “withdraw all its nuclear weapons from Europe and refrain from deploying nuclear weapons in any other region”, adding that “nuclear sharing” only increases the risks of proliferation and conflict.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is a key international agreement aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and technology, promoting cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and facilitating nuclear disarmament .
Since its inception in 1968, it has been joined by 191 countries, including the five official members of the nuclear club – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China.
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