Ri Pyong Chol, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, released the following statement on March 26:
The recent test-fire of new-type tactical guided missiles was an act of exercising the full-fledged right of a sovereign state to self-defence as it was a process that had been undergone to implement the goals of the policy on national defence science set forth by our Party and government to boost the defence capabilities of the country.
We cannot but build invincible physical power for reliably defending the security of our state under the present situation in which south Korea and the US constantly are posing military threats to the Korean peninsula while persistently conducting dangerous war exercises and introducing advanced weapons.
We express our deep concern over the US chief executive faulting the regular test-fire, as good as the exercise of our state's right to self-defence, for the violation of UN "resolutions" and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility toward the DPRK.
Such remarks from the US president are an undisguised encroachment on our state's right to self-defence and provocation.
It is a gangster-like logic that it is allowable for the US to ship the strategic nuclear assets into the Korean peninsula and launch ICBMs any time it wants but not allowable for the DPRK, its belligerent party, to conduct even a test of a tactical weapon.
We clearly remember that after the appearance of the new administration in Washington there have been exploitation of every opportunity to make words and acts of provoking the sovereignty and dignity of our state by branding us as the most serious "security threat".
The bellicose stance of the new US administration indicates which way to be taken by us and convinces us of the justice of the work to be done by us once again.
We are by no means developing weapons to draw someone's attention or influence his policy.
If the war exercises staged by the US right before its belligerent party across the ocean is claimed to be "defensive", we are also supposed to have the full-fledged right to self-defence to contain the former's military threat on its mainland.
I think that the new US administration has obviously got off to a bad start.
If the US continues to make such thoughtless remarks regardless of the consequences, it would be faced with something not good.
We know well what we should do.
We will continue to increase our most thoroughgoing and overwhelming military power.