The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) condemned on Sunday the US security services for seizing a diplomatic package from its delegation at an airport in NY on Friday.
According to the (North) Korean Central News Agency on Sunday, which quoted its foreign ministry, a group of government officials and police officers from the US took a diplomatic package from its delegation Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport before it was about to board a flight home.
The North Korean diplomats were reportedly returning from a United Nations conference on disability rights when the incident - described by KCNA as an "illegal and heinous act of provocation" occurred.
The North Korean foreign ministry strongly condemned the actions of the U.S. authorities as "an intolerable act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and a malicious provocation".
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency KCNA that its officials had been "robbed", branding the USA a "lawless gangster state". "Diplomats of a sovereign state are being robbed of a diplomatic package in the middle of NY where the headquarters of the United Nations is located and that serves as the venue for worldwide meetings including the United Nations General Assembly".
North Korea said its envoys were confronted by more than 20 cops and Homeland Security officers who used "physical violence" to snatch the package even though the diplomats had "a valid diplomatic courier certificate".
There was no official US comment on the claims, the News reported.
Neither the State Department nor White House have yet commented on North Korea's allegations, Reuters noted.
Continuing military cooperation with South Korea has angered the North, leading to warnings of nuclear war.
"Whether or not the North Korean account is entirely accurate, their treatment of American student Otto Warmbier takes away North Korea's right to complain about anything", King said.