On April 21, European Union announced what is called unilateral “sanctions” denouncing our measures to enhance self-defence capabilities.
The farce of announcing “sanctions” this time is below any notice as it is a mean act of toeing the line of the U.S. which is in mortal dread of seeing us grow stronger. However, one point needs to be made explicit.
The right to self-defence is a legitimate right of a sovereign state.
The weapons tests conducted by us are a part of the regular undertaking for enhancing national defence capability which is a reliable guarantee for defending the dignity, safety and peace of the country and people, the strategic task put forward at the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea. And they have not posed any threat to security of the neighbouring countries.
The EU would also be well aware of this.
Nevertheless, the EU went so far as to stage a “sanctions” farce, not content with picking on our righteous exercise of sovereignty. This is a flagrant violation and open defiance of our sovereignty.
The EU only finds fault with our regular and planned self-defensive measures while keeping silent about joint military drills and test-launch of weapons frequently staged by the U.S. in south Korea, which, in itself, is the denial of the “impartiality” and “objectivity” advocated so much by EU.
The EU has a way of saying that it is ready to contribute to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula. But its current acts of following the U.S. in its hostile policy against the DPRK are, on the contrary, only causing negative results leading to instability and the escalation of tension.
It is no accident that media in several countries are recently laughing at the EU, an advocate of “strategic independence”, commenting that it is having a hard time after acting as a tool of the U.S. to help it realize its geopolitical objective.
The EU should keep in mind that it will only betray its vulnerability as a "puppet" of the U.S. if it is making a laborious effort to turn a blind eye to the root cause of aggravated tension on the Korean Peninsula, and finds fault with the DPRK over its exercise of right to self-defense.
We never tolerate any attempt to provoke the dignity and interests of our state.