North Korea pledged not to endanger the security of the United States and South Korea

North Korea’s permanent representative to the United Nations Kim Song pledged not to jeopardize the security of the United States, South Korea and neighboring countries on behalf of the state.

“There is no country on Earth that is as under constant threat of war as the DPRK. We understand military deterrence to mean a legitimate right of self-defense that can deter aggressive war and protect us. <...> We would never violate or jeopardize the security of the United States, South Korea and neighboring countries,” Kim Song said.

The diplomat added that military threats from the U.S. and South Korea are constantly on the rise, indicating that Washington and Seoul are trying to upset the balance of power on the Korean Peninsula through the development and deployment of new weapons.

“The U.S. is spending huge amounts of money, over $700 billion, to develop hypersonic weapons … next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic nuclear bombers. All these weapons are intended to be used against the DPRK [in case of] a future war,” the North Korean ambassador said.

Kim Song stressed that “powerful offensive means” are part of North Korea’s deterrence system, but Pyongyang would not want to use these means.

Earlier Tuesday, the DPRK fired an unidentified projectile toward the Sea of Japan. It fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Tokyo suspects it was a ballistic missile.