Pyongyang, November 8 (KCNA) — Kim Son Gyong, vice-minister for International Organizations of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, issued the following press statement on Monday:
I express strong regret at the fact that the UN secretary general issued a statement on Nov. 4 groundlessly pulling up the DPRK over its just counteraction for self-defence to cope with the U.S. military provocations, and categorically reject it.
The DPRK Foreign Ministry has already clarified that the military drills for counteraction conducted by the Korean People’s Army were a due reaction to the largest-ever combined air drill staged by the U.S. and south Korea.
This being a hard fact, the UN secretary general is echoing what the White House and the State Department say as if he were their mouthpiece, which is deplorable.
Who committed the provocation and who is to be blamed for it?
If the war drills being staged in a frantic manner by openly introducing an aircraft carrier and strategic bombers against the sovereign state are described as “defensive” and the exercise of the just right to self-defence to cope with them is branded as “provocation”, the UN, whose most important mission is to maintain global peace and security, will lose its justification for existence.
Being the chief of the UN, a world-wide body, he should remain faithful to the mission and universal value of the UN which regards equity and objectivity as its lifeblood, and should not be biased towards the interests and views of a big power or a small group in judging and dealing with all matters.
I think that the unfair and prejudiced behavior of the UN secretary general is to blame to some extent for the situation on the Korean peninsula getting so serious.
If the UN secretary general truly wants to contribute to maintaining the world peace and stability, he would be well advised to stop dancing blindly to the tune of others and focus on getting rid of the source of provocation with correct insight. -0-
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