North Korea asserts sovereign right to missile launches

North Korea maintained that despite condemnation from the U.S. for its recent missile launches, it will continue to "exercise its justifiable right to self defense."
By JC Finley  |  July 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 7 (UPI) -- North Korea re-asserted Sunday its sovereign right to conduct missile launches.

The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper wrote Sunday that "It is the inviolable legitimate exercise of the sovereignty that the DPRK has bolstered up its deterrence force for self-defense to defend the security and peace of the country and firmly safeguard the gains of the revolution."

"No matter what other may say, the DPRK will as ever exercise its justifiable right to self defense."

The assertion follows two test-fire launches on July 2 and June 26.

Rodong Sinmun also chastised the U.S. for its "gangster-like logic" in labeling the North Korean rocket launches a "provocation" while "... it is not a provocation and threat that the U.S. develops and tests latest weapons in a bid to invade other countries."

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