North Korea dubs UN nuclear watchdog a ‘dancing marionette of the West’
North Korea on Wednesday dubbed the global atomic watchdog “a marionette dancing to the tune of the hostile
forces” as the International Atomic Energy Agency chief warned that Pyongyang’s nuclear activities
remain “a cause for serious concern.”
North Korean Ambassador Kim Song delivered the rebuke at a UN General Assembly meeting where the
International Atomic Energy Agency’s executive director, Rafael Grossi, called Pyongyang”s nuclear activities
“deeply regrettable” and “a clear violation” of Security Council resolutions.
The Vienna-based IAEA has not had access to North Korea since the isolated Asian state expelled IAEA
inspectors in 2009. Since then Pyongyang has pressed ahead with its nuclear weapons program, conducting its
last nuclear test in September 2017.
The U.N. specialized agency has been monitoring North Korea from afar, including satellite imagery.
The DPRK’s nuclear activities remain a cause for serious concern. The continuation of the country’s nuclear
program is a clear violation of relevant Security Council resolutions and is deeply regrettable,” IAEA Director-
General Rafael Mariano Grossi told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Kim Song rejected an annual IAEA report submitted to the General Assembly
“The DPRK delegation categorically rejects the report of the IAEA containing grossly distorted contents with
regard to the DPRK,” said Kim.
“We left the IAEA long ago and have not forgotten its despicable acts of having sided with the hostile forces in
their maneuvers to put pressure on us,” Kim said. “The DPRK will never have any business to deal with the IAEA
so long as it runs short of impartiality and objectivity … and remains a marionette dancing to the tune of the
hostile forces against the DPRK.”
It is known that North Korea has facilities to produce both plutonium and highly enriched uranium, two key
ingredients to manufacture bombs, at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex north of the capital, Pyongyang.
North Korea has been subjected to U.N. Security Council sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic
missile programs. The 15-member council has steadily strengthened sanctions in a bid to cut off funding for those programs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but failed to
make progress on the US calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and North Korea’s demands for an
end to sanctions.