NORTH Korea has threatened the United States with what it called “invincible power” after Joe Biden criticized missile tests.
One of the country’s senior officials branded the President a “gangster” and who has taken a “first wrong” step following his comments about the tests.
Kim Jong-un’s regime tested-fired two short-range missiles off its eastern coast, in the first ballistic launches since Biden took office.
Ri Pyong Chol hit back at the President saying it was “gangster-like logic” for the United States to criticize the North’s tactical weapons tests when American itself carried out similar tests.
“I think that the new U.S. administration obviously took its first step wrong,” Ri said.
“We cannot but build invincible physical power for reliably defending the security of our state under the present situation in which South Korea and the United States constantly pose military threats.”
Ri is secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee and vice chairman of the party’s Central Military Commission.
The former air force commander has been seen as a key figure in the development of the North’s missile program.
He said Pyongyang expresses “deep apprehension” over Biden’s remarks that were “openly revealing his deep-seated hostility” towards the country.
Thursday’s launches followed a statement by Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister, who warned Washington to “refrain from causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” for the next four years.
Biden was restrained as he admonished North Korea for the launches, which were a violation of UN sanctions against the North.
“We’re consulting with our allies and partners,” he said at the first news conference of his presidency on Thursday.
“And there will be responses if they choose to escalate. We will respond accordingly.
“But I’m also prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”
The US has downsized its drills with South Korea and stopped sending nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers since President Donald Trump’s first summit with Kim in 2018.
The pair issued vague statements on a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when and how it would occur.
Talks stalled after the second Kim-Trump meeting in February 2019 collapsed over disagreements in exchanging the relief of crippling US sanctions for the North’s disarmament steps.
It comes as Korea has been branded a “catastrophic threat” to global security as Kim Jong-un quietly preps his nukes and keeps his coffers flush.
Kim’s regime is pressing on with its quest for nuclear weapons – which it is funding through massive cyber heists, carrying out illegal trades, and even selling arms to terrorists.