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NKorea says Obama administration same as Bush's

NKorea says Obama administration same as Bush's

North Korea took a fresh swipe at President Barack Obama on Monday, saying his administration is no different from that of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
The U.S. administration "plays tricks, talking about 'change' and 'multilateral cooperation diplomacy,'" the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Obama's government "is nothing different from the preceding administration which frantically worked to stifle by force other countries which incurred its displeasure," the ministry said.
The statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, did not mention Obama or Bush by name and was focused on criticizing the U.S. for joining other countries on the U.N. Security Council in condemning Pyongyang's rocket launch last month.
The ministry also criticized Obama's government in March, accusing it of trying to infringe upon the North's right to conduct a satellite test.
Obama was elected president last year on a platform of "change." Since taking office in January, he has vowed to steer U.S. foreign policy toward cooperation and dialogue with other countries, even ones with which Washington has been at odds, such as Cuba, Iran and North Korea.
Pyongyang claims it put a satellite into orbit on April 5 as part of its peaceful space development program. The U.S. and its allies, however, counter that nothing made it into orbit, saying the liftoff was really a test of the North's advanced missile technology.
The North Korean statement said the country's Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite "is regularly going round the Earth."
The Security Council last month adopted a statement denouncing the launch and imposed sanctions on three North Korean companies, prompting Pyongyang to threaten to conduct nuclear and missile tests.
Monday's statement said the U.S. pressured the U.N. Security Council to adopt a statement condemning the North's April rocket launch with "high-handed practices" to apply sanctions on the North to "physically suffocate" its national defense industry.


Updated : 2021-04-15 18:33 GMT+08:00