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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the General Control Center of the National Aerospace Technology Administration in Pyongyang in this image released by North Korea's KNCA news agency, November 25, 2023.

Agence France-Presse

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The northern ambassador – Korean at the UN affirmed Monday before the Security Council that the launch a few days ago of a spy satellite was a “legitimate” act of self-defense against the United States. /p>

After two failures in May and August, a rocket took off from North Korea on Tuesday and placed the Malligyong-1 military observation satellite into orbit, according to North Korean media. South Korea, with very tense relations with its northern neighbor, confirmed on Thursday that the launch into orbit had been successful.

The West, Japan and South Korea denounced this launch, as did UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, judging that the use of ballistic missile technologies violated UN Security Council resolutions. #x27;UN.

No other nation in the world is in a security situation as critical as North Korea, the UN said on Monday. x27;North Korean Ambassador Kim Song, lamenting that other countries are not subject to satellite restrictions.

A belligerent country, the United States, threatens us with nuclear weapons.

A quote from Kim Song, North Korean ambassador

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Many people were watching live as the latest North Korean satellite was put into orbit.< /p>

The North Korean state agency KCNA also claimed that this new tool captured detailed images of the White House and the Pentagon on Monday and that leader Kim Jong-un was examining these photos. . He even counted the number of aircraft carriers on a US base, KCNA added.

Ironically over accusations that satellite technology is helping Pyongyang perfect its missiles, the North Korean ambassador asked the Americans if they send their own satellites into orbit with a catapult.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield rejected North Korean justifications, assuring routine joint military exercises between the US and South Korea were inherently defensive.

We intentionally reduce risks and demonstrate transparency by announcing exercises in advance, with dates and activities, unlike North Korea, she added, stressing that these exercises do not violate UN Security Council resolutions. security.

She also once again accused China and Russia, permanent members who have the right of veto, of preventing the Council security to act on the North Korean issue.

Deputy Chinese Ambassador Geng Shuang accused Washington of escalating tensions and confrontation through its military alliance with Seoul.

If North Korea feels constantly threatened, and its legitimate concerns about its security remain , the peninsula will not be able to escape from this security dilemma and will be caught in a vicious circle of aggressive retaliatory actions, he added.

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