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North Korea denounces US 'interference' over Pelosi's Taiwan visit

North Korea denounces US 'interference' over Pelosi's Taiwan visit

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu welcomes US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug 2, 2022. (Photo: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via REUTERS)

SEOUL: North Korea's foreign ministry on Wednesday (Aug 3) criticised what it called US "impudent interference" in China's internal affairs over House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, the official KCNA said.

Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said shows an unwavering American commitment to the Chinese-claimed self-ruled island, but China condemned the highest-level US visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said they "vehemently denounce" any external force's interference in the issue of Taiwan and "fully support" China, its major ally and economic lifeline.

"It is the due right of a sovereign state to take counter measures against the moves of the outside forces openly interfering in its internal affairs and destroying its territorial integrity," the unidentified official was quoted by KCNA as saying.

"The impudent interference of the US in the internal affairs of other countries and its intentional political and military provocations are, indeed, the root cause of harassed peace and security in the region.

"Taiwan is an inseparable part of China and the issue of Taiwan pertains to the internal affairs of China."

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has never renounced using force to bring it under its control. The United States warned China against using the visit as a pretext for military action against Taiwan.

Source: Agencies/ec

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