North Korea has accused the UN agency responsible for regulating nuclear energy of being a puppet of hostile countries after a new report found that the isolated nation’s nuclear weapons stocks were in violation of international law.
After the Non-Proliferation Treaty was canceled in 2003, Pyongyang has gradually built up an atomic supply and has since tested several atomic bombs.
Since Kim Jong Un was replaced by his father as the country’s supreme leader, the North Korean military has made rapid progress with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, and as a result has faced increasingly severe international sanctions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspectors have been banned from the country for more than a decade, said on Wednesday that Pyongyang’s weapons program was “deeply regrettable.”
North Korea’s nuclear activities “continue to give cause for serious concern,” said agency chief Rafael Mariano Grossi in a report to the United Nations General Assembly.
Pyongyang’s UN ambassador later struck back in the same forum, telling other diplomats that the IAEA report was “heavily skewed”.
“The IAEA is nothing more than a political instrument of the Western countries,” he said, adding that the body is “a puppet that dances along the lines of the enemy forces against North Korea.”
North Korea-US nuclear talks have stalled since the collapse of a summit meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump in Hanoi early last year.
It is widely believed that North Korea has evolved its arsenal – which it says it must protect itself from a US invasion – during the discussions.
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