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North Korea mocks US Envoy’s Asia trip

North Korea, on Friday, ridiculed this week’s Asia tour by the top US envoy to the United Nations, calling it the “aid-begging trip of a loser,” AFP stated.






According to the report, the US Envoy, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on Tuesday, urged Pyongyang to return to dialogue. She said this during a visit to South Korea. However, she stated that she still believed sanctions were an “effective tool” to deter the nuclear-armed North.







Thomas-Greenfield’s comments came following Russia last month using its UN Security Council veto to effectively end UN monitoring of violations of the raft of sanctions on Kim Jong Un’s regime.






However, in a statement by Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry, stated that Thomas-Greenfield’s trip would have been better spent addressing the spiraling situation in the Middle East. Thomas-Greenfield trip began Sunday, a day after Iran’s drone and missile strike on Israel.







“The US has taken no account of peace and security guarantee in the Middle East including Palestine. But it is at a loss for the miserable fate of the tattered sanctions mechanism against the DPRK.”



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This was stated in a statement signed by Vice-Minister Kim Son Gyong, using the North’s official name. “The US envoy’s tour of the region was “no more than an aid-begging trip of a loser to enliven the weakened illegal sanctions and pressure on the DPRK with the help of inferior allies,” it added.








Recall that last year, North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests in defiance of UN sanctions. This is despite warnings from Washington and Seoul in 2006. North Korea had declared itself as an “irreversible” nuclear weapons State in 2022.
However, during her stay in Seoul, Thomas-Greenfield blamed countries including “Russia and Iran” for having “not implemented these sanctions” against the North. She insisted they were not implemented, “in a way that will allow them to work as effectively as they can.”









Thomas Greenfield also said Washington was collaborating with Seoul, Tokyo, and others to explore “some creative ways”. She said they should be imbibe the “out-of-the-box thinking” to ensure the continuation of the UN’s monitoring activities.










But, reacting to Thomas-Greenfield, North Korea said the US envoy appeared to have “forgotten her duty”.



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“At present, the Middle East situation, including Palestine’s admission to a UN membership. The application was brought up for discussion at the UNSC as the most pressing issue,” Pyongyang’s statement said.








North Korea has recently bolstered military ties with Moscow. And this month, it thanked Russia for its veto blocking the renewal of a panel of UN experts that monitored international sanctions against it.








Seoul and Washington say Kim has been shipping weapons to Russia for its war in Ukraine. They said this is possibly in exchange for Moscow’s technical assistance for Pyongyang’s budding spy satellite programme.