SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean foreign minister called UN Secretary General António Guterres a “US puppet” as she lashed out at him for joining Washington-led condemnations after Pyongyang conducted its latest test. of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Guterres had previously issued a statement condemning in the strongest terms the launch of the missile on Friday and reiterating his call on the North Korean government to “immediately desist from taking any further provocative action.” He said this after the United States and other nations similarly criticized the North Korean test, which showed the potential to reach any point on the US mainland.
“It often seems to me that Guterres is a member of the White House or its State Department,” North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement published by state media. “I express my firm regret that the Secretary General of the United Nations has adopted a very deplorable attitude, indifferent to the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and its true mission, which is to maintain impartiality, objectivity and fairness. in all matters.”
Choe accused Guterres of overlooking the fact that Washington and its allies brought the issue of the North Korean launch to the UN Security Council. “This clearly shows that he is a puppet of the United States,” he said.
The Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday morning on the North Korean launch at Japan’s request. But whether he can impose new economic sanctions against North Korea is unknown because China and Russia, two of the council’s veto-wielding members, have opposed previous moves by the United States and its allies this year to tighten sanctions. against Pyongyang over its banned ballistic missile tests.