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DPRK slams UN, warns US of action

By Associated Press

DPRK slams UN, warns US of action
In this Aug 25, 2016, file photo, an ROK soldier watches a TV news program showing images published in DPRK's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of Pyongyang's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, ROK. (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon, File)

UNITED NATIONS — The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has denounced a UN Security Council statement condemning its four latest ballistic missile launches, calling it "a hostile act" perpetrated by the United States and warning that it could precipitate America's "self-destruction."

A Foreign Ministry statement sent to UN correspondents on Monday also warned that DPRK "has substantial means capable of reducing aggression troops in the US mainland and the operational theater in the Pacific to ashes in a moment."

A press statement approved Friday night by all 15 Security Council members called the four launches in July and August "grave violations" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

The council expressed "serious concern" that DPRK had carried out the launches after six ballistic missile firings between April and June, "in flagrant disregard" of the council's repeated demands to halt all missile launches and nuclear tests which violate UN resolutions.

DPRK's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of instigating the statement and "abusing" the Security Council, to deter the country's "legitimate right to self-defense."

The ministry called the council statement "a reckless provocation harassing peace and stability on the Korean peninsula."

It accused the Security Council of deliberately disregarding a complaint sent by the DPRK government about US-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises currently under way. DPRK has threatened retaliation for these exercises, which it views as a rehearsal for invasion by the US and other adversaries.

The Foreign Ministry recalled its warning to the US of military action if it criticized the submarine missile launch and "enraged people of the DPRK."

"Now that the US posed threats to the dignity and the right to existence of the DPRK defying its serious warning, it will continue to take a series of eventful action steps as a full-fledged military power," the statement reads.

Acquiring the ability to launch missiles from submarines would be an alarming development because missiles fired from submerged vessels are harder to detect in advance. US Strategic Command said last week that the latest DPRK missile launch did not pose a threat to North America but that the US military "remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations."

DPRK's missile and nuclear weapons development programs have brought heavy international sanctions down on its head, but Pyongyang says they are justified because of the threat posed by the US and ROK.

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