North Korea blames U.S. for tension on peninsula

GENEVA Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:02am EST

1 of 2. So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, addresses the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva February 27, 2013. North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of contributing to an 'unpredictable' situation on the divided Korean peninsula and abusing its power in the U.N. Security Council to impose its 'hostile policy' against Pyongyang.

Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of contributing to an "unpredictable" situation on the divided Korean peninsula and abusing its power in the U.N. Security Council to impose its "hostile policy" against Pyongyang.

North Korea is facing further United Nations sanctions for its underground nuclear test explosion two weeks ago, its biggest and most powerful to date which drew warnings from Washington and international condemnation.

In December it launched a long-range rocket in a move that critics said was designed to test technology for an intercontinental ballistic missile, leading to tighter U.N. sanctions being imposed last month.

"The U.S. is to blame for the situation on the Korean peninsula which is inching close to an unpredictable phase now," So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador in Geneva, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

A week ago, North Korea's delegation threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a heated debate at the talks, the main U.N. disarmament negotiating forum.

U.S. ambassador Laura Kennedy did not respond to the verbal assault on Wednesday.

But South Korea's disarmament ambassador Kwon Haeryong took the floor to urge its isolated neighbor to "abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace".

"North Korea's nuclear test is a challenge to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia and beyond. There should be no mistake that the biggest victim will be none other than North Korea itself," Kwon said.

PANDORA'S BOX

So, a former ambassador to Iran, retorted: "I'd like to give you objective advice that it will be much better for South Korea to keep quiet, pay more attention to your own concerns of internal affairs and demonstrate at least a little patience instead of making troubles and opening Pandora's boxes".

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

So said he wanted to draw attention to the "intensified U.S. hostile policy" toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea which has a right to launch satellites for peaceful purposes.

"The U.S. should no longer be allowed to seriously infringe upon the independent right of the DPRK to use space for peaceful purposes nor should it be allowed to abuse the U.N. Security Council as a tool for executing its hostile policy toward the DPRK," he declared.

The United States has launched the most military satellites and nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in the world, he said, making it "the biggest threat to world peace".

North Korea's latest nuclear test, its third since 2006, had been a resolute step in self-defense, So said.

"The third nuclear test was carried out as part of the practical countermeasures for defending the country's sovereignty and security to cope with ruthless hostile behaviors of the U.S., which wantonly infringed upon the DPRK's legitimate right to satellite launch for peaceful purposes."

Ireland's foreign minister Eamon Gilmore said that North Korea, by defying U.N. resolutions, shunning its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and refusing to cooperate with the IAEA nuclear watchdog, "only isolates itself further from the international community".

In a speech at the forum, he called on North Korea to cease immediately nuclear testing and ballistic missile activities and re-engage in stalled six-party talks on denuclearization.

The talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia are aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Jon Hemming)

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Comments (5)
kenradke11 wrote:
North Korea has only itself to blame for the hardships they are inflicting on its own people…NOT the USA. They have every right to defend south Korea when North Korea is making provocations against the USA and South Korea!

Feb 27, 2013 7:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
“re-engage in stalled six-party talks on denuclearization”. Talk is cheap and every country knows it. The US loves to talk, but only because they have all that military might behind it. The bully in the school yard gets upset when he is stood up to. Too bad the actual people of both the US and N. Korea have to endure their governments thumping their chests at each other. In the end, the people of the world suffer for the stupidity of a few power hungry people.

Feb 27, 2013 8:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
crittertron wrote:
So North Korea has only itself to blame for being shut out by the rest of the world for its choice in self government? That is absurd. We could be great friends if ignorance did not make every American think that communism is some terrible plague. I would say the US has decidedly more guns pointed at North Korea than the other way around. The North Koreans put peace on the table a long time ago, all the US has to do is agree to a non-aggression pact. The threat of US military action is the entire reason for NK’s nuclear program but we won’t agree to guaranteeing their security! Would we expect anything less for our selves?

Feb 27, 2013 9:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
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