According to a Feb. 19 Reuters report, North Korea threated South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Feb. 19, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week. “As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction,” North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting.
Other nations including France, Germany, Britain and South Korea quickly responded to Ryong’s comments, according to Reuters. Britain’s ambassador, Joanne Adamson called the comments “completely inappropriate” and noted that the discussion with North Korea appeared headed in the wrong direction. It cannot be allowed that we have expressions which refer to the possible destruction of U.N. member states,” she said.
Baffled Spanish Ambassador Javier Gil Catalina said the threat was prohibited by the United Nations. “In the 30 years of my career I've never heard anything like it and it seems to me that we are not speaking about something that is even admissible, we are speaking about a threat of the use of force that is prohibited by Article 2.4 of the United Nations charter,” Catalina said.
The United States appears to be a point of focus in these debates. “Our current nuclear test is the primary countermeasure taken by the DPRK in which it exercised its maximum self-restraint,” said Ryong. “If the U.S. takes a hostile approach toward the DPRK to the last, rendering the situation complicated, it (North Korea) will be left with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps in succession,” he said, without elaborating.
U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy said she found North Korea's threat “profoundly disturbing” and according to Reuters, later tweeted that it was “offensive.”
The North Korean diplomat accused the United Nations of double standards, explaining that the United States had conducted the most nuclear tests and satellite launches in history. He described the U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea as “a breach of international law and the height of double standards.”
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