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n korea dubs bolton s comments inordinately ignorant kcna 485002

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is “inordinately ignorant” to argue that North Korea’s recent missile tests violated United Nations resolutions, the North’s foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state media on Monday.

A statement issued by state news agency KCNA quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying that giving up missile tests would mean giving up the right to self defence.

The spokesman singled out Bolton, who last week said the recent tests “no doubt” violated U.N. resolutions. Bolton, a regular target of North Korean criticism, is working more to destroy peace and security than maintain security, the spokesman added.

“Bolton is taking issue with normal military exercises conducted by our armed forces as a violation of U.N. Security Council “resolutions,’” the spokesman said. “This is inordinately ignorant.”

Earlier in May, North Korean military forces test fired a number of rockets and missiles, including several guided missiles that experts said could be used to penetrate South Korean and American defences.

The missiles flew on a flattened, lower altitude trajectory, leading some officials in South Korea to question whether the weapons should be categorized as “ballistic missiles” and therefore a likely violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea.

The White House has downplayed the tests, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying they were short range and therefore not a breach of trust by leader Kim Jong Un…https://reut.rs/2Wlo4CM

By Ian Dei

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