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North Korea slams UN's 'double standards' over weapons development

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has denounced the United Nations Security Council for "double standards" over weapons development and a "grave political provocation" after it convened a meeting over Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kim's sister, Yo-jong, in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Tuesday accused the 15-member council of turning "blind eyes to the very dangerous military drills" of South Korea and the United States and "their greedy arms buildup."

"This is evidently the application of double standards," she said.

She said the United States, which she likened to "a barking dog seized with fear," was pushing the Korean Peninsula toward a new crisis and warned of "the toughest counteraction."

"The more hell-bent it gets on the anti-DPRK acts, it will face a more fatal security crisis," she said, using the abbreviation for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The North Korean leader on Friday supervised the launch of a Hwasong-17 missile.

Japan's defense minister, Yasukazu Hamada, said the missile had sufficient range to reach the United States' mainland.

The launch came as Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui warned that Pyongyang would take "fiercer" military action if the US enhanced its "extended" military aid to the regional allies.

Pyongyang's missile launches have come in response to Washington's massive land, naval, and aerial war games along with South Korean and Japanese forces in the region, measures that North Korea regards as rehearsals for invasion.

US President Joe Biden discussed North Korea's recent missile tests with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, last week and also held talks with Japanese and South Korean leaders amid fears that Pyongyang would soon conduct its seventh nuclear test.

Washington and Seoul have markedly stepped up their muscle-flexing near the North's maritime border and airspace.

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