The launch of the spy satellite last week was criticized by Western powers as well as Pyongyang’s neighbors.
North Korea’s ambassador made a rare appearance at the United Nations Security Council to defend his country’s launch of a spy satellite, as Pyongyang’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un had received satellite images of the White House and the Pentagon.
Western powers Japan and South Korea said North Korea had violated Security Council resolutions by satellite launch last week.
At the Security Council on Monday, Kim Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, complained that other countries faced no restrictions on satellites.
“No other country in the world is in such a critical security environment as the DPRK,” Kim said, using the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“One of the warring parties, the United States, is threatening us with nuclear weapons,” he said.
“As a warring party, the DPRK has the legitimate right to develop, test, manufacture and possess weapons systems equivalent to those that the United States possesses or is developing.”
The country said its new eye in the sky has already provided images of major US and South Korean military sites, as well as photos of the Italian capital, Rome.
On Monday, Kim received “detailed” images of the White House and Pentagon, which he then studied, according to North Korean news agency KCNA.
The North Korean leader also counted the number of aircraft carriers at a military base and shipyard in the state of Virginia, the agency said.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield rejected North Korea’s claim that it was acting in self-defense and said joint U.S.-South Korean exercises were “routine » and “defensive in nature”.
“We intentionally reduce risks and seek transparency by announcing the exercises in advance, including dates and activities, unlike the DPRK,” she said, adding that the exercises did not violate UN resolutions. Security Council.
South Korean intelligence agency says Russia, eager to help Ukraine, helped North Korea Satellite following a summit between Kim and President Vladimir Putin.
The United States said last month that North Korea had delivered more than 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions to Russia.
Russia and China, North Korea’s main ally, have proposed a resolution, which the United States opposes, aimed at easing sanctions on Pyongyang as part of an effort to encourage dialogue.
Chinese envoy Geng Shuang accused the United States of “further escalating tensions and confrontation” through its military alliance with South Korea.
“If the DPRK constantly feels threatened and its legitimate security concerns are not addressed, the peninsula will not be able to escape the security dilemma and will only be caught in a vicious cycle of aggressive measures,” he said. he declared.