Kim Yo-jong calls criticism of N. Korea’s rocket launch “self-contradiction”

Posted on : 2023-06-02 17:10 KST Modified on : 2023-06-02 17:10 KST
The sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un put out a statement in state-run media
Kim Yo-jong, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. (KCNA/Yonhap file photo)
Kim Yo-jong, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. (KCNA/Yonhap file photo)

Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Thursday that “it is certain that the DPRK’s military reconnaissance satellite will be correctly put [into] orbit in the near future and start its mission.”

DPRK is the acronym for North Korea’s official name.

Kim’s comments confirm the announcement made by North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration shortly after the failed launch of the Malligyong-1 military reconnaissance satellite that the North would “conduct the second launch as soon as possible.”

Kim’s comments came in a statement titled “No one can deny the DPRK\'s sovereign right to satellite launch” that was published by the Korean Central News Agency.

Kim said that the UN Security Council resolution banning North Korea’s use of ballistic missile technology is “gangster-like and wrong” in that it is “seriously violating the DPRK’s right to use space and illegally oppressing it.”

“If the DPRK’s satellite launch should be particularly censured, the US and all other countries, which have already launched thousands of satellites, should be denounced. This is nothing but [a sophistic] self-contradiction.”

This photo, released by North Korean state media on June 1, shows the May 31 launch of the Malligyong-1, the North’s first military spy satellite. (KCNA/Yonhap)
This photo, released by North Korean state media on June 1, shows the May 31 launch of the Malligyong-1, the North’s first military spy satellite. (KCNA/Yonhap)

Kim added that North Korea has nothing to say to “the US and its stooges” and does “not feel the necessity of dialogue” with them considering how often they talk about ending the North Korean regime and overthrowing its system.

She added that North Korea would “make all efforts to bolster [its] war deterrent in an all-inclusive direction.”

Following North Korea’s launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-2 on April 5, 2009, the UN Security Council banned North Korea from conducting any launches involving ballistic missile technology in Resolution 1874 (adopted on June 12, 2009).

In a related development, South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that the International Maritime Organization had strongly denounced North Korea’s missile launch and adopted a resolution calling for compliance with related conventions and resolutions during the 107th meeting of its Maritime Safety Committee on Wednesday.

By Lee Je-hun, senior staff writer; Shin Hyeong-cheol, staff reporter

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