Washington condemns the launch of North Korean missiles, calls for dialogue

The United States on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s launch of a suspected ballistic missile and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue.

“This launch violates several UN Security Council resolutions and poses a threat to the DPRK’s neighbors and the international community,” said a US State Department spokesperson, adding, “We remain committed to the diplomatic approach to DPRK and invite you to engage in dialogue. “

The State Department spokesman stressed Washington’s “solid” commitment to defend South Korea and Japan.

Washington condemns the launch of North Korean missiles, calls for dialogue
People pass by screens in Seoul showing North Korean missile launches

For its part, the US Indo-Pacific command said the ballistic missile launch “highlights the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s illegal weapons program,” but does not pose a direct threat to American soil or territory. of his allies.

In a statement, he added that the US commitment to defend its allies, South Korea and Japan, remained “a solid commitment”.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to hold regular security talks online Thursday with their Japanese counterparts.

They will be joined by Washington’s new ambassador to Tokyo, Rahm Emanuel, whose nomination was recently approved by the Senate.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has repeatedly stated that it is open to talks with North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held three high-level meetings with former US President Donald Trump, but this did not lead to any permanent deals.

A meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in 2019 in the buffer zone between the two Koreas
A meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in 2019 in the buffer zone between the two Koreas

This morning, Wednesday, the South Korean military said the North launched what should be a ballistic missile towards the sea east of the Korean peninsula. in particularly from the province of Chagang, which borders on China.

This is the first test missile like that in nearly two months and indicates that Pyongyang is not interested in returning to denuclearization talks in any time as he prefers to focus on strengthening his arsenal of weapons.

The latest launch came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a commitment in a ruling party congress last week to enhance his country’s military capabilities, without announcing new policies towards the United States or South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday during his visit to a power plant in Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday during his visit to a power plant in Pyongyang

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