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DPRK Permanent Representative’s Letter to UN Secretary General

Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) — Ja Song Nam, permanent representative of the DPRK to the United Nations, Monday sent the following letter to Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, secretary general of the UN:

I would like to send this letter to you with regard to the recent incident in which the diplomatic package of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Permanent Mission to the United Nations was taken away in New York, U.S.
On 16th of June over 20 agents of the Department of Homeland Security (according to their introduction) and policemen committed a criminal act of moving in on the diplomats of the DPRK who were en route home after attending the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and took away the diplomatic package from them.
The extortion of the diplomatic package made by the U.S. is an unpardonable act of infringement on the sovereignty of DPRK as a member state of the United Nations and a criminal offence of grave violation of the international law.
Inviolability and protection of the diplomatic bag is clearly stipulated in the Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Department of State of the U.S. made official apology for the incident but still delays the return of the diplomatic package.
All these actions show the extreme insolence and impudence of the U.S. which acts rudely in total disregard to the international law, out of inveterate refusal of the DPRK.
The extortion of the diplomatic package of a sovereign state in the heart of New York where the UN Headquarters is located and international conferences including the UN General Assembly are held clearly proves that the U.S. is an unlawful and lawless rogue state.
As UN has the Committee on Relations with the Host Country in its system to deal with the issues of the security of the missions accredited to it, it should strongly call into the question in due course the issue of imprudent act of the U.S. against the DPRK delegation.
We look forward to your active cooperation in taking practical measures by UN to settle this incident which constitutes an act of infringement on the sovereignty of a UN member state.

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