The North Korean regime is accusing USA customs agents in NY of "mugging" a diplomatic delegation from the secretive, totalitarian country.
The North's Foreign Ministry spokesman said a delegation of the North returning from a United Nations conference on the rights of persons with disabilities "was literally mugged" at the John F. Kennedy airport in "an illegal and heinous act of provocation".
North Korea reportedly claims members of its delegation were "literally mugged" by USA authorities at John F. Kennedy Airport, condemning America as a "felonious and lawless gangster state".
North Korea's state news agency KCNA said the incident proved the USA was a "lawless gangster state".
According to the KCNA report on the incident, over 20 officials, who claimed to be with the US Department of Homeland Security and police, "made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats".
The North Korean delegation was returning after the conclusion of a United Nations conference when they were stopped and searched by officials from the Department of Homeland Security.
"As the diplomats vigorously resisted, they [US authorities] grabbed the diplomatic package using physical violence and made off", said the spokesperson, who did not disclose the contents of the diplomatic package. Washington says it is concerned by North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.
"The worldwide community needs to seriously reconsider whether or not NY, where such an outrageous mugging is rampant, is fit to serve as the venue for global meetings", the statement said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the North Korean officials protested strongly and US officials asked them to board the flight, saying the package would be handed over to them later.
Pyongyang's inflammatory comments on the incident in NY come a week after the regime released US citizen Otto Warmbier.
Mr. Warmbier was arrested as he was attempting to leave Pyongyang that year, charged with committing "hostile acts" against the regime after stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel.
Pyongyang warned that if the White House failed to give due response to the North's "reasonable and fair demand" on the incident, it would be "totally responsible" for all the consequences.