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North Korea Accuses UN Of "Double Standard" Over Recent Missile Tests

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Commuters watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Joe Biden during a news program at the Suseo Railway Station in Seoul South Korea

A senior Pyongyang official said US President Joe Biden's condemnation of North Korea's test firing of two missiles amounted to an "encroachment" and "provocation", the state-run KCNA news agency reported Saturday.

The UN Security Council's sanctions committee on North Korea has reportedly failed to agree on a response to Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile launches.

"If the USA continues with its thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences, it may be faced with something that is not good", he added, warning that North Korea was prepared to "continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power".

The Biden administration said Monday it's looking at "additional actions" that the United Nations might take to respond to North Korea's recent missile tests. "Now is time for South and North Korea and the United States to make efforts to (resume) talks".

He said the North will continue to increase its "most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power".

Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report on Friday that commercial satellite imagery showed North Korea has continued to produce uranium concentrate, used to build nuclear weapons, over the past eight months, though it has not tested any bombs since 2017.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has come out against the Biden administration for continuing joint military exercises with South Korea.

North Korea watchers suspect, though, that Pyongyang has reason to continue weapons testing in the coming months, regardless of the results of the policy review.

Ri called it "gangster-logic" for the USA to "ship the strategic nuclear assets into the Korean peninsula and launch ICBMs any time it wants" and to criticize the North when it conducts "even a test of a tactical weapon". Additionally, he is deferring responsibility to USA allies, hoping they will pressure North Korea to slow down their nuclear ambitions.

"Kim Jong Un intends to use provocations to demand concessions but may end up increasing global resolve for North Korea's denuclearization", Easley said. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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".

"The recent testfire of new-type tactical guided missiles was an act tantamount to the exercise of the full-fledged right of a sovereign state for self-defense, as it was a process that had been undertaken to implement the goals of the policy on national defense science set forth by our party and government to boost the defense capabilities of the country", Ri explains. "So that's what we're doing right now, consulting with our allies".

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