North Korea Thursday warned its “patience is running out” and threatened to increase provocations following the breakdown of nuclear talks with the United States. The warning is the latest evidence North Korea is returning to a more combative posture after walking away from the first substantive nuclear negotiations in months.
A statement in the Korean Central News Agency accused the U.S. of orchestrating this week’s meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which condemned North Korea's recent missile launch.
The KCNA statement, attributed to a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, called that U.N. meeting a “severe provocation.” It also condemned the recent U.S. test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“Our patience is running out, and it is not guaranteed that what we have been restraining from will last indefinitely,” the statement said.
North Korea stormed out of working-level nuclear talks last week, accusing the U.S. of not bringing any new ideas to help break the monthslong deadlock.
Earlier this week, European members of the Security Council called on North Korea to engage “in good faith in meaningful negotiations with the United States.”
The European U.N. ambassadors also condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test as a violation of Security Council resolutions. Since early May, North Korea has conducted 11 rounds of missile tests, most of which involved ballistic missile technology that North Korea is banned from possessing.
Source : VOA