N. Korea slams new S. Korean government’s response on missile launch

SEOUL -- North Korea on Thursday slammed South Korea's new government for its response to Pyongyang's latest missile launch, saying it is "astonished" by Seoul's reactions.

This is the North's first condemnation of the new South Korean government since President Moon Jae-in took office last week.

North Korea fired a long-range strategic ballistic missile named "Hwasong-12" on Sunday, and Moon said it was a "grave challenge" to the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the international community.

The spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC), an organization affiliated with North Korea's Workers' Party, claimed South Korea and the United States are "misleading the nature for preserving peace and the historic meaning of the test-fire."

"What is all the astonishing is that the new South Korean authorities convened an emergency 'state security council' with the involvement of even the remnants of Park Geun Hye group soon after the report about the rocket test-fire by the DPRK," the spokesman said in a statement released by the North's state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The DPRK is an acronym for the official name of North Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The KAPPC said North Korea's moves to bolster its capabilities for self-defense can't be stopped under the new administrations of the U.S. and South Korea.

"It is not an issue which can be stopped or slowed down with the replacement of administration in the U.S. and the emergence of 'the new regime' in South Korea," the spokesman said. " As long as the U.S. increases its hostile policy toward the DPRK and the threat of a nuclear war, the DPRK's capabilities for making nuclear retaliatory blow for self-defense for reliably defending the peace on the Korean peninsula and the region will increase at higher pace."

It also warned that South Korea's new leader should learn from what's happened to former president Park Geun-hye, who took a hard line against North Korea. Park was impeached and is now in jail for her involvement in a corruption scandal.

"The South Korean authorities have to draw a serious lesson from the wretched fate of traitor Park Geun-hye who met a miserable end while vociferating about 'nuclear threat from the north' and going keen on hurting the fellow countrymen with the help of outsiders that only think of inflicting nuclear disaster on the nation," it said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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