The United Nations:
North Korea accused the UN agency of regulating nuclear energy of being the puppet of hostile countries, after new report said isolated nation’s nuclear weapons reserves violated international law .
Pyongyang gradually built a nuclear repository after abandoning the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 and has since tested several nuclear bombs.
Since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father as the country’s supreme leader, the North Korean military has made rapid progress in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and has been subject to international sanctions of more and more strict.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspectors have not been allowed to enter the country for more than a decade, said Wednesday that Pyongyang’s weapons program was “deeply regrettable”.
In a report to the United Nations General Assembly, the agency’s chief Rafael Mariano Grossi said that North Korea’s nuclear activities “remain a source of serious concern”.
Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations then returned to the same forum, telling other diplomats that the IAEA report was “very distorted”.
“The IAEA is nothing more than a political tool for Western nations,” he said, adding that the body was “a dance for hostile forces dancing” against North Korea.
Nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled since the conclusion of the summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in Hanoi early last year.
North Korea is widely believed to continue to develop its arsenal – which it says must defend itself against the US invasion – throughout the discussion.
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