North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

Geneva Matthews
May 13, 2017

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has set up a Korea Mission Centre in order to gain full resources, capabilities, and authorities to deal with missile threats posed by North Korea.

It was not immediately clear how the protest was conveyed since North Korea and the United States have no diplomatic relations and virtually no official channels of communication. The report, carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency, said the letter was sent Friday.

Despite continued progress on North Korea's weapons program, missiles capable of reaching the U.S.

North Korea first made allegations about the assassination plot last week, and said the heinous crime had been "recently uncovered and smashed".

North Korea, in response, has increased its missile tests and even hinted at a new nuclear test in the coming weeks.

Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.In the letter to 192 U.N. members and two observer states - dated Thursday - North Korea urged them to "reconsider any of their implementation activities until the legality of those "sanctions resolutions" are to be clarified."North Korea has repeatedly requested that an global forum of legal experts be established by the United Nations to clarify the legal basis for the U.N. sanctions".

In statements for foreign distribution, North Korea often refers to its leader Kim Jong Un without naming him, instead using the phrase "supreme leadership" or "supreme dignity".

"This threat is very real", he told the committee, "I wouldn't say, despite the fact that it has fallen out of the headlines for the moment, that there's any decreased risk associated with threat from Kim Jong-un".

Pyongyang has had more than its usual share of criticism for Washington in recent months.

Last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed US-Australian military exercises in northern Australia were preparation for nuclear war against North Korea and threatened Darwin with a potential retaliatory strike. In the last three weeks, North Korea announced it arrested two U.S. citizens working at a Pyongyang university on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state. "The security of U.S. citizens is one of the department's highest priorities", a U.S. State Department representative said in the statement.

On Iran, whose nuclear ambitions preoccupied Washington under President Barack Obama, Coats said the US sees Tehran maintaining last year's agreement that contains its program in exchange for sanctions relief.

He stressed that North Korea could never achieve parity with the USA so it uses its nuclear weapons card as blackmail to get concessions or to force the U.S. into negotiations. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labour would be prohibited from entering the United States, according to the legislation.

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