US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed, on Friday, that the United States will work with its allies to repel “any aggression” it is carrying out. north koreaA day after Pyongyang announced a new successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“We intend joint defense and we are keen to do everything in our power to deter and repel any aggression,” Blinken said during his meeting with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
In a rare appearance at the UN Security Council, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday defended his country’s recent long-range missile launch, accusing the United States of pushing the situation in Northeast Asia “to the brink of nuclear war.”
Kim Song told the council that the upgraded Hwasong-18 missile test launch last Wednesday was a legitimate exercise of North Korea’s right to self-defense.
He said that the United States is raising regional tensions with nuclear threats and by deploying a nuclear-powered submarine in South Korea for the first time in 14 years, pointing out that the missile launch “did not have a negative impact on the security of a neighboring country,” referring to Japan’s announcement that the ballistic missile is an intercontinental ballistic missile. which flew at a very steep angle – fell into the northern waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.”
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