A top North Korean diplomat warned the regime is ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States just days after it successfully detonated a nuclear bomb, according to a report Tuesday.
“I am proud of saying that just two days ago on the 3rd of September, [North Korea] successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test for intercontinental ballistic rocket under its plan for building a strategic nuclear force,” Han Tae Song told a United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, Reuters reported.
“The recent self-defense measures by my country … are a ‘gift package’ addressed to none other than the US,” Han said at the Geneva forum.
He went on to say the US will receive more “gift packages” if it continues making “reckless provocations” to pressure the regime of North Korean President Kim Jong Un.
North Korea conducted the military drill as ”an exercise of restraint and justified self-defense right” to counter “the ever-growing and decade-long US nuclear threat and hostile policy aimed at isolating my country,” Han said, the wire service reported.
Pyongyang exploded a hydrogen bomb Sunday — its sixth and most powerful blast.
At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted Kim’s “abusive use of missiles” and said he is “begging for war.”
She urged the council to take the “strongest possible measures” to penalize the rogue regime for escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula with its weapons testing.
Meanwhile, North Korea was moving a rocket, which appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, under cover of darkness to the country’s west coast, according to a report from the Asia Business Daily.
The newspaper said South Korean analysts believe Kim’s government is planning another test-firing of an ICBM on Sept. 9, when the country celebrates its founding day.
North Korea successfully launched two ICBMs in July with enough range to strike the US mainland.
Experts, according to reports, have said the country has developed the ability to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile.