N. Korea warns of 'stronger reaction' after U.S. slaps new sanctions on regime
Updated: 2022-01-14 17:01:24 KST
North Korea has warned that Pyeongyang will be forced into a (quote) "stronger and certain reaction" if Washington continues to take a confrontational stance against the regime.
In a statement issued by the North's state media on Friday, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry said the North's recent development of a new type of weapon was part of efforts to modernize its national defense capability.
A reiteration of the North's long stance it will not give up on its (quote) "right to self-defense."
But experts note it's a burden for both Pyeongyang and Washington to continue in the current situation amid such tension.
"The U.S. is already having confrontational relations with China and Russia. As North Korea announced at the key party meeting, it will focus on improving people's livelihoods amid economic difficulties due to the pandemic border closure."
Pyeongyang also toned down the warning slightly by issuing the statement from a foreign ministry spokesperson.
While pledging to keep close tabs on Pyeongyang, South Korea's unification ministry on Friday called on the North to return to dialogue.
"We once again urge the North to respond to Seoul's efforts to create peace through dialogue at a time when securing stability on the Korean Peninsula is crucial."
The North's warning on Friday came just a day after Washington slapped sanctions on six North Koreans for their roles in procuring equipment and technology for the regime's missile programs, the Biden administration's first to specifically target the North's ballistic missile tests.
U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also proposed UN sanctions following the North's six ballistic missile launches since September 2021.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.