North Korean ambassador describes nuclear test as 'gift package' for US, promises more

North Korean Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Han Tae Song warned that if the American "provocations" continue, the U.S. will receive "more gift packages" from his country. "The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the U.S.," he added.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: KCNA/Channel 2 News

North Korea's ambassador to the UN in Geneva said Tuesday that his country will send "more gift packages" to the U.S., referring to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

"The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a gift package addressed to none other than the U.S," Ambassador Han Tae Song told the international forum in Geneva. "The U.S. will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK."

French Defense Minister Florence Parly responded to the latest development in the pariah state's nuclear and missile programs, saying that it is likely that Pyongyang's missiles will be able to reach Europe earlier than expected: "We cannot doubt the possibility of the situation escalating [into a major conflict]."

Earlier today, JOL reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Seoul and Pyongyang to decrease the tensions in the region. Speaking in China, Putin clarified that additional sanctions against North Korea would be “ineffective and without influence” and warned that the military build-up on both sides of the border is dangerous. “This may become a global catastrophe," he said.

Putin emphasized that additional financial sanctions on North Korea would “lead to large-scale global suffering” and called for finding a joint solution and not to get dragged into “military hysteria.”

Amid the escalating tensions in the region, a South Korean news outlet reported today that the North moved a ballistic missile launcher, which followed reports by South Korean officials that Pyongyang is preparing for additional missile launches.



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