North Korea’s Ambassador to the UN, Kim Song, said in a news conference at the UN today, Tuesday that the U.S should think about how its outrageous acts will affect developments between the two countries.
The U.S. government seized the North Korean ship, which was being used to export coal, earlier this month. It marked the first time Washington has taken such a step against Pyongyang.
Kim said: “Pyongyang will be watching Washington’s next move.
“Everything is in the hands of the United States; we will sharply watch the reaction of the United States. The seizure of the vessel is an infringement of Pyongyang’s sovereignty.”
According to him, the seizure also undermines the spirit of the U.S.-North Korea joint statement agreed at the summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018.
The vessel, the Wise Honest, was seized amid suspicions it was violating UN and U.S. sanctions. It was then brought to American Samoa in the South Pacific. U.S. authorities said the ship attempted to hide its country of origin.
The Justice Department described the 17,061-tonne, single-hull bulk carrier ship as one of North Korea’s largest.
Negotiations regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons have stalled and tensions between the two countries have been rising since another summit in February ended without result in Hanoi.
Pyongyang and Washington have recently tested weapons systems. North Korea launched short-range “projectiles,’’ while the U.S. tested intercontinental ballistic missiles.