A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said North Korea had warned it would have to show a “stronger and more specific response” after the US imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang, KCNA reports.
According to him, the recent launches of hypersonic missiles were “an exercise of the right to self-defense.”
“It was not aimed at any specific country or forces and did not cause any harm to the security of neighboring countries,” the diplomat stressed.
He also called the US actions “an obvious provocation” and accused Washington of “deliberately escalating the situation.”
US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the United States is proposing new UN sanctions against North Korea in response to ballistic missile launches in recent months.
Earlier, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean Armed Forces reported that on January 11, the DPRK launched a projectile of an unidentified type towards the Sea of Japan.