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NorthKorea alerted Monday that U.S.-South Korean military workouts, which it called “the most undisguised nuclear war manoeuvrs,” are driving the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia toward “nuclear catastrophe.”

The NorthKorean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, stated in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. is using nuclear-propelled airplane carriers, nuclear submarines, nuclear tactical bombers and stealth fighters in the joint exercises that started Wednesday.

“It may go over to a real war,” Ja cautioned of the military drills, “and, as a result, the scenario on the Korean Peninsula is once again inching to the brink of a nuclear war.”

The letter was sent out a couple of hours after NorthKorea fired four banned ballistic rockets, in obvious reaction to the U.S.-South Korean workouts. Three of them landed in waters that Japan claims as its special economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials stated.

The United States and Japan, in consultation with South Korea, requested an immediate Security Council conference on the launches, the U.S. Objective to the United Nations stated. The closed consultations are most likely to occur Wednesday after the Security Council returns from a check out to 4 Boko Haram-affected countries in Africa, a U.N. diplomat said, speaking on condition of privacy because assessments have been personal.

Ri Song Chol, a counsellor at NorthKorea‘s U.N. mission, told The Associated Press the missile launches were an extension of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s efforts “to strengthen our self-defensive military forces and pre-emptive attack abilities” in reaction to “nuclear dangers and blackmails” and the U.S.-South Korean military workouts.

He accused the United States of stimulating the North to establish a global ballistic missile and repeated a Foreign Ministry declaration issued Jan. 8 that an ICBM would be launched “in whenever and in any place chosen by our supreme leadership.”

Ri declared the existing joint military exercises are “for pre-emptive strike to the DPRK” – the initials of the nation’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He said that remains in contrast to previous yearly exercises that the United States and South Korea called preventive and defensive.

Ja, the ambassador, again urged the Security Council to go over the U.S.-South Korea workouts and alerted that if it disregards NorthKorea‘s demand, as it has in the past, it will demonstrate the U.N.’s most powerful body is just a “political tool” of the United States.

He stated the United States looks for to persuade public viewpoint that the current joint workout is a response to NorthKorea‘s nuclear weapons, however he stated the U.S. and South Korea carried out military drills various times prior to Pyongyang had its “nuclear deterrent.”

Ja said the main factor NorthKorea is equipping itself “with nuclear attack capabilities” and enhancing its nuclear deterrent forces is in self-defence against what he called the United States “extreme anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear hazards and blackmails as well as manoeuvrs to impose its nuclear weapons.”

NorthKorea‘s U.N. objective likewise provided a statement denouncing and declining a report by the Security Council’s panel of specialists that monitors U.N. sanctions against the North.

The specialists said NorthKorea is flouting sanctions by trading in prohibited weapons and other goods and utilizing evasion techniques “that are increasing in scale, scope and elegance.”

The NorthKorean mission once again insisted that U.N. sanctions “have no legal basis at all” and violate the nation’s “legal rights.” It competed no worldwide law states that a nuclear test or satellite launch ought to be considered a “threat to worldwide peace and security.”

The objective restated its request to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to arrange a worldwide forum of legal representatives to clarify the legal basis of the sanctions resolutions. It stated the U.N. Secretariat need to not again react with the “unbelievable out-of-date sophistries” that it depends on the Security Council to determine exactly what constitutes a danger to global peace and security.

The North likewise cautioned that sanctions resolutions and reports on enforcing implementation will only lead to “our more powerful self-defensive counter-measures” – and it stated the United States, “the major producer of these resolutions,” will bear all responsibility “for any uncontrolled crucial circumstance over the Korea n Peninsula.”

Ja also sent a letter Monday to Guterres again looking for “United Nations’ urgent steps” to repatriate 12 NorthKorean waitresses working at a restaurant in China who it states were tricked into defecting in April 2016 by South Korean representatives and a woman called Kim Ryon Hui it declares was taken to South Korea in 2011 by deceptiveness.

The letter expressed dissatisfaction at the U.N. failure to take action in these cases of what Ja called “egregious human rights infraction” that make up “a contemporary crime against humankind.”

Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press