Pyongyang says it is “no longer bound to” its deal with the US, which provided a nuclear
and missile test moratorium in return for food aid. The move comes in retaliation to the UN’s criticism of North Korea’s failed satellite launch.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) condemned North Korea for last Friday’s rocket launch, which was widely regarded as a cover up to test a long range nuclear missile. On Tuesday, Pyongyang shot back at the UNSC for violating the country’s right to put satellites into orbit.
“We resolutely and totally reject the unreasonable behavior of the UNSC to violate (our) legitimate right to launch satellites,” Pyongyang said in a statement delivered by the official KCNA news agency.
Washington pulled strings in the Council in order to rob Pyongyang of its right to conduct space research, the statement said.
“As the US violated the February 29 agreement through its undisguised hostile acts, we will no longer be bound to it,” the statement said as quoted by Reuters.