Pyongyang lashes out at G7 ‘hypocrisy’

Seoul, Jul 2 (EFE).- North Korea on Saturday slammed the Group of Seven (G7) for including criticism of its weapons launches in its latest statement, and defended its strengthening of self-defense capabilities.

During its summit in Elmau, Germany, earlier this week, the G7 (US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy and Germany) called on Pyongyang to “abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.”

In a statement published Saturday by the state news agency KCNA and signed by the director general of the department of international organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jo Chol-su, North Korea described the G7 as “a little short of a ‘group of nobles'” that seeks to recover its old position “while lamenting over their fate destined to sink like the setting sun,” and “has neither ability and justification to lead the world community and right to teaching other countries nor right to admonish others”

“Our step for bolstering up the self-defensive military capability is a reasonable and legitimate exercise of the right to self-defence to defend our state’s rights and interests from the threat of the US, the world(‘s) biggest nuclear weapons state and wrecker to world peace and security. So, nobody has a right to blame it,” argues the text.

Pyongyang referred to various G7 countries, but not by name, saying one has “massively developed, deployed and sold weapons for aggression” and continues to proliferate nuclear technology, while another has “killed many innocent civilians while engaging itself in aggression against sovereign states” and continues to incite ‘confrontation and conflicts among other countries.”

“The G7 is not qualified for behaving itself as ‘defender of international order’ and ‘guardian of human rights’ in any respect,” criticized Jo.

The North Korean official assured that Pyongyang will not back down in “defending the dignity and rights of our state whatever words from others.” EFE


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