US accuses North Korea of ​​mocking UN Security Council

Documentary footage of a North Korean missile test is shown on a television screen on the South Korean island of Ulleungdo on November 4, 2022 (AFP/Anthony WALLACE)

Documentary footage of a North Korean missile test is shown on a television screen on the South Korean island of Ulleungdo on November 4, 2022 (AFP/Anthony WALLACE)

The United States on Friday condemned North Korea’s continued missile launches that “make an absurd mockery” of the UN Security Council, with the complicity of Russia and China, which are close to Pyongyang.

Earlier, the South Korean military announced it had deployed stealth aircraft after detecting 180 North Korean warplanes, a new chapter in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, where Seoul and Washington are conducting joint military exercises.

At an emergency meeting of the Security Council without a vote in New York, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield accused Beijing and Moscow of “profiting from a security blanket for Korea as two members of this council”. Justify North Korea’s repeated violations and allow the Council to be ridiculed.

His French counterpart Nicolas de Riviere condemned the “unprecedented escalation and unacceptable provocations”.

After attacking Russia and China, Washington, Paris, London and other non-permanent members of the Security Council argued in a joint statement for “unity” in the face of “the threat that North Korea poses to international peace”.

China, North Korea’s ally, and Russia, whose relations with the West are at an all-time low over the war in Ukraine, boycotted the joint declaration. Their diplomats criticized military exercises between the US and South Korea and accused Washington of “seeking to force Pyongyang into unilateral disarmament through sanctions and pressure”.

– Conflict –

Before the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, through his spokesman, said he was “deeply concerned about the rise in tensions and conflict talks on the Korean Peninsula”.

Number of missiles launched by North Korea since 1984 (AFP/)

Number of missiles launched by North Korea since 1984 (AFP/)

In fact, Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said they had “detected about 180 North Korean warplanes” massed in Pyongyang’s airspace.

Seoul has “deployed 80 fighter jets, including F-35As”. According to the same source, planes mobilized for military exercises with the US are also “ready” to take off.

The maneuvers were extended till Saturday after the AV failed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea on Thursday.

They are massive, with hundreds of fighter jets engaged on both sides.

In this Oct. 17, 2022 photo released by North Korean agency Kcna, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Mangyeongdae Revolutionary Academy in Pyongyang (KCNA VIA KNS/STR)

In this Oct. 17, 2022 photo released by North Korean agency Kcna, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Mangyeongdae Revolutionary Academy in Pyongyang (KCNA VIA KNS/STR)

Pyongyang launched about 30 missiles on Wednesday and Thursday, including one that landed near the South’s territorial waters for the first time since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol spoke of a “real territorial invasion”.

– “aggression maneuver” –

Dubbed “Vigilante Storm”, the US-South Korean drills are “an aggressive and provocative military maneuver targeting the people and the Democratic Republic of Korea”, the North Korean regime condemned on Wednesday, threatening Seoul and Washington. “Horrible price in history”

A South Korean F-35A stealth fighter during a joint exercise "A storm in the wake" with the United States Air Force at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea on October 31, 2022 (South Korean Ministry of Defense/Handbook)

A South Korean F-35A stealth fighter performs “Vigilant Storm” during a joint exercise with the U.S. Air Force at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Oct. 31, 2022 (South Korean Ministry of Defense/Handbook).

North Korea has always viewed these exercises between Seoul and Washington as dress rehearsals for an invasion or overthrow of its regime.

Analysts attribute Pyongyang’s particularly angry reaction to the use of advanced F-35A and F-35B stealth aircraft during “Vigilant Storm,” which are seen as an excellent tool for launching lightning “decapitation strikes” against North Korean leaders.

North Korea already revised its nuclear doctrine in September to allow for preventive strikes in the event of an existential threat against Kim Jong Un’s regime.

The new doctrine states that if North Korea’s nuclear “command and control system” is “threatened by an attack by hostile forces, a nuclear strike would automatically be launched immediately.”

Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test, its seventh.

The South Korean military will hold its annual “Taegeuk” exercise next week to “improve combat effectiveness.”

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