North Korea defends ICBM launch in rare U.N. Security Council appearance

SpaceWar.com reports: “In a rare appearance before the U.N. Security Council, a North Korean envoy defended the regime’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch, claiming it was an exercise in self-defense and blaming the United States and its allies for provoking tensions on the Peninsula.

The Security Council convened an emergency meeting Thursday, one day after North Korea test-fired its Hwasong-18 ICBM, a new solid-fuel missile that analysts have said is more maneuverable and quicker to launch than the regime’s liquid-fuel models.

North Korean envoy Kim Song said that the missile launch was a self-defense exercise in response to military moves by hostile forces, and called the meeting ‘a contradictory act that denies the fundamental principles of sovereign equality and non-interference in internal affairs.’

Kim’s appearance was the first by a North Korean representative before the Security Council since 2017, according to diplomats…”

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