North Korea considered US President Joe Biden’s criticism of its missile tests this week a wrong first step, in a statement published by state media on Saturday.
On Thursday, Pyongyang tested what it described as “new tactical guided missiles”, in a show of strength for the new US administration.
Japan and South Korea said they were short-range ballistic missiles.
Biden said on Friday he was ready for diplomacy but that this dialogue should be conditional on the ultimate goal of nuclear disarmament by Pyongyang and pledged to respond if the rogue nuclear state continues to escalate tensions.
Ri Byung Chol, secretary of the Central Committee of the North Korean Workers’ Party, described Biden’s remarks as a “provocation” and a “clear violation of our nation’s right to self-defense.”
“I think the new US administration has taken its first step wrong,” the official North Korean News Agency quoted Rhee as saying.
“If the United States continues its foolish comments without thinking of the consequences, it may face something unfortunate,” he said.
Thursday’s missile test is North Korea’s second in a week, although the two missiles launched on Sunday were non-ballistic cruise missiles.
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