North Korea criticizes the UN chief for an appeal for nuclear disarmament

North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless comments" and following the US line when he called for the verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Guterres made the remarks after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss the US-led effort to rid North Korea of ​​its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The head of the UN "should do what is beneficial to the current situation on the Korean peninsula for peace and stability, not just chanting (the) chorus of sanctions to please (a) particular country," said a statement. of the North Korean mission to the United Nations.

The mission described as "reckless" a comment by Guterres that said North Korea "can be a normal member of the international community in this region through total denuclearization that is verifiable, irreversible."

The statement said North Korea was "stunned" to hear Guterres' comments "at a time when the world supports and welcomes the historic summit between the DPRK and the United States and the joint statement in Singapore."

In the first meeting between the leaders of EE. UU And North Korea in June, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un pledged in a joint statement to work towards the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

However, the statement lacked details and a panel of UN experts reported last week that North Korea is moving forward with its nuclear and missile programs.

The United States, backed by Japan, is urging UN member states to maintain pressure on North Korea to renounce its military programs by fully adhering to a series of sanctions.

The Trump administration has argued that the sanctions must remain fully effective until North Korea has canceled its nuclear and missile programs and that the dismantling has been verified.

Last year, the Security Council adopted three rounds of severe economic sanctions against North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw materials and severely restricting oil supplies.