N. Korea says UN condemnation of missile tests ‘provocation’

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country’s latest submarine-launched missile test.

North Korean Foreign Ministry official Jon Min Dok said in an interview Saturday that the U.S.-led discussions at the U.N. were a “terrible provocation” and that the country is developing nuclear weapons because of “outrageous nuclear intimidation” by the United States.

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemning four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August, calling them “grave violations” of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

South Korean officials say a ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday was tracked flying about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon.