SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said on Saturday, October 8, its missile tests are for self-defense from direct US military threats, and they have not harmed the safety of neighboring countries and regions, according to state media KCNA.
“Our missile tests are a normal, planned self-defense measure to protect our country’s security and regional peace from direct US military threats,” KCNA said, citing an aviation administration spokesperson.
“(The missile tests) did not pose any threat or harm to the safety of civil aviation as well as the safety of neighboring countries and regions, by a full consideration of civil aviation safety in advance.”
The message was in response to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council recently condemning North Korea’s missile launches for posing a serious safety risk to international civil aviation, KCNA said.
North Korea’s defense ministry was “taking a stern look at the development of the current situation, which is very worrisome,” regarding US-South Korean drills involving the nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, KCNA said in a separate statement.
The United States and South Korea held joint maritime exercises involving a US aircraft carrier on Friday, a day after Seoul scrambled fighter jets in reaction to an apparent North Korean bombing drill.
The United States also announced new sanctions on Friday in response to North Korea’s latest missile launches. – Rappler.com