North Korea accuses US of 'provocation' amid sanctions
January 15, 2022
Pyongyang is angered by new US sanctions, which were in response to missile tests. North Korea also fired more projectiles after claiming Washington was using "gangster-like logic."
North Korea defended its missile tests and said the United States is intentionally escalating the situation by imposing sanctions, North Korean state media reported on Friday.
In a statement carried by state news agency KCNA, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that the recent development of weapons did not target any specific country and were just part of North Korea's efforts to modernize its national defense capability.
North Korea on Friday fired two more projectiles, with the South Korean military identifying them as short-range ballistic missiles, which flew for 430 kilometers (267 miles).
This follows two other launches this month. In the months leading into the new year, Pyongyang had apparently halted the launches.
On Saturday, North Korean state media said it had test launched two ballistic missiles from a train.
'An evident provocation and gangster-like logic'
Ahead of the Friday launch, North Korea said the weapons were "hypersonic missiles."