North Korea accuses UN Security Council of double standards

A newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile which KCNA reports is launched

Mr Biden said the test violated UN Security Council resolutions but that he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang.

Ri warned that Washington might face "something that is not good" if it continued to make "thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences".

The statement came after Mr. Biden criticized Pyongyang's testing of missiles on Thursday.

Ri Pyong Chol, the senior leader who is overseeing the test, and other military officials applaud after the launch of a newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile on March 25, 2021 in this photo released March 26, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea. Previous tests of the same missiles have shown they can hit USA military bases in South Korea.

Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Ri's remarks were "essentially a threat that North Korea will respond to the US policy review with more tests".

"This has little to do with what Biden said", said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. "Pyongyang is implementing a premeditated strategy of advancing military capabilities. Ri Pyong Chol has larger tests in the works".

Meanwhile, members of the U.N. Security Council, which has imposed sanctions on Pyongyang for its development of nuclear weapons, met virtually on Friday in NY.

North Korea's recent batch of missile tests were the very first such tests to be carried out under the Biden administration.

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The North has been lashing out at the US this month, saying it has no interest in diplomacy. It condemned recent U.S.

North Korea has slammed the joint USA military exercises with South Korea, even though they were repeatedly scaled back to reopen denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. The tests came as a response to renewed regional military drills between the US and South Korea. In a tour of Asia this month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would seek to reduce threats from North Korea, and denounced the Kim regime's human-rights record.

The White House, which has said it's in the "final stages" of reviewing its North Korea policy, declined to comment.

Analysis of the images by experts from The Stimson Center think tank and posted on the 38 North web site suggest the new vessel "may be nearing completion or is ready to be rolled out and launched in the near future".

During their trip to Seoul and Tokyo, Blinken repeatedly stressed the importance of denuclearizing North Korea, and urged Beijing - the North's key ally - to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

It wrote, "North Korea must enter into meaningful dialogue and take concrete steps toward denuclearization".

The 2,720-tonne vessel that it is constructing is believed to be created to carry three ballistic missiles and would theoretically be capable of sailing into the Pacific to threaten USA military facilities in Hawaii or even the mainland of the continental US.

In January, North Korea also announced ambitious plans to enhance its nuclear arsenal.

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