May 28, 2019 11:00
North Korea on Monday hurled insults at U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton over his comments that the regime's latest missile tests violated UN Security Council resolutions.
It claimed that two projectiles it launched two weeks ago were not ballistic missiles that could provide a reason for additional sanctions.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman told state media on Monday, "Bolton said our regular military drills violated UNSC resolutions, which is beyond stupid. Whatever is launched is bound to fly drawing a ballistic trajectory. What the U.S. is taking the issues is not about the range but the prohibition of the launch itself using ballistic technology."
"That is, after all, tantamount to a demand that [North Korea] should give up its self-defensive right," he added.
The spokesman denounced the UN sanctions as "illegal and outrageous" and said the regime has neither accepted them nor is bound by them.
The spokesman accused Bolton of being a "war maniac" by designating the North as part of an "axis of evil" and coming up with "provocative policies such as preemptive strikes and regime change."
The spokesman added Bolton should properly be called a "security destruction adviser" and added, "It is not at all strange that perverse worlds always come out from the mouth of a structurally defective guy."
Earlier, Bolton told reporters that "there is no doubt" that North Korea test-fired ballistic missiles earlier this month.
North Korea's criticism of Bolton came after Trump downplayed the significance of the North's latest missile tests. Trump tweeted on Sunday, "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me."
Nam Sung-wook at Korea University said, "It looks like North Korea is trying to drive a wedge between Trump and Bolton, but they're just playing good cop-bad cop and have the same view when it comes to North Korean denuclearization."
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