A day after Peru's government classified Kim Hak-Chol, the DPRK ambassador to the country as a persona non grata, the diplomat said that nothing would deter his country's self-defense.
The “bilateral and diplomatic measures taken yesterday by the Peruvian government lacks judicial and moral reasoning and doesn't further world peace and security at all,” he said.
Peru justified its decision by stating that they were protesting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's blatant defiance of “constant calls” by country's to bring an end to its nuclear program. As a result, Hak-Chol was given five days to leave the Andean country, according to the Star Online.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital of Lima, Hak-Chol likened the move to “throwing gasoline on the fire.”
The move comes just four days after Mexico requested that Kim Hyong-gil, the DPRK ambassador, leave Mexico.
The expulsion of the two ambassadors comes just weeks after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Peru, Mexico and other Latin American countries to encourage their leaders to severe diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.
"The U.S. places great importance on the ongoing diplomatic isolation of the Kim regime and we strongly urge Chile today, and we urge Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to break all diplomatic and commercial ties with North Korea,” Pence said in Chile.
U.S. President Donald Trump considered cutting all trade with countries that do business with the DPRK shortly after Pence's trip to Latin America.