Received yesterday through the BAKS list:
DPRK Foreign Ministry Refutes “Resolution of UN Security Council”
Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) — The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea issued today the following statement vehemently denouncing and totally refuting the “resolution” of the UN Security Council against the DPRK, a product of the U.S. hostile policy toward it: The U.S. has recently kicked up much row after bringing the issue of the missile launches conducted by our army as part of the routine military training for self-defence to the UN under the motto of reacting to it in one voice. It was against this backdrop that the U.S. forced the UN to adopt a UN Security Council resolution taking a serious note of our exercise of its right to self-defence on July 15.
The U.S. sponsored “resolution” called for an international pressure for disarming the DPRK and stifling it, terming the missile launches pertaining to its right to self-defence “a threat to international peace and security”.
By doing so the U.S. sought to describe the issue between the DPRK and the U.S. as an issue between the DPRK and the UN and form an international alliance against the DPRK.
It was an entirely unreasonable and brigandish act that the U.S. brought to the UN the DPRK’s missile launches nothing contradictory to any international law after branding them as a violation.
This time the U.S. attempted till the last moment to apply Chapter 7 of the UN Charter legalizing a military action against the DPRK. This indicates that the “resolution” constitutes a prelude to the provocation of the second Korean war.
It is a brigandish logic to claim that missile launches conducted by the U.S. and Japan are legal while the training of missile launches conducted by the DPRK to defend itself is illegal.
Any missile fire or any nuclear test approved by the U.S. is connived at and they are not subject to discussion at the UN.
This is the reality today.
Only the strong can defend justice in the world today where the jungle law prevails.
Neither the UN nor anyone else can protect us.
We have already clarified that we will have no option but to take stronger physical actions should someone take issue with our army’s training of missile launches for self-defence and put pressure on it.
The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK is authorized to clarify as follows in view of the grave situation prevailing on the peninsula:
First, our Republic vehemently denounces and roundly refutes the UNSC “resolution”, a product of the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK, and will not be bound to it in the least.
Second, our Republic will bolster its war deterrent for self-defence in every way by all means and methods now that the situation has reached the worst phase due to the extremely hostile act of the U.S.