North Korea says nuclear test was ‘gift package’ to US, more on the way
A North Korean ambassador said Tuesday there are more “gift packages” as long as the U.S. continues to try and shut down North Korea’s missile programs.Undated photo from North Korean News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting a Korean People's Army unit, in an undisclosed location, North Korea. Photo released August 2017. (Balkis Press/Abaca Press/TNS)
North Korea is quickly becoming the black sheep of the international community, as it recently tested its most powerful nuclear missile yet – and the nation led by dictator Kim Jong Un now says it has more “gift packages” for the United States.
This comes after South Korea has also warned that North Korea has another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) that it will fire.
Han Tae Song, who is the ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, otherwise known as North Korea) to the United Nations in Geneva, said Tuesday at a U.N.-sponsored forum that he was “proud” of the test , and that the missiles are a “gift package” to the United States.
“I am proud of saying that just two days ago on the 3rd of September, DPRK successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test for intercontinental ballistic rocket under its plan for building a strategic nuclear force,” Han said, according to Reuters. “The recent self-defense measures by my country, DPRK, are a ‘gift package’ addressed to none other than the U.S.”
“The U.S. will receive more ‘gift packages’ from my country as long as its relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK,” Han added, Reuters reported.
The actions taken by North Korea were ” ‘an exercise of restraint and justified self-defense right’ to counter ‘the ever-growing and decade-long U.S. nuclear threat and hostile policy aimed at isolating my country,’ ” he said, according to the report. “Pressure or sanctions will never work on my country. The DPRK will never under any circumstances put its nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table.”
North Korea’s sixth nuclear missile test caused a 6.3 earthquake and was roughly five times as large as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. The test came hours after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un claimed that it now had an H-bomb to put onto its long-range ICBMs.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korea is “begging for war,” and that it’s time for the international community to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea.
President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted: “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
According to a report, “South Korean intelligence officials said there were indications that the North was preparing to test fire another ballistic missile, though they did not say when they believed the launches would take place.”