The United States has condemned North Korea’s launching of the two short-range missiles into the waters of the Sea of Japan, known in Korea as the East Sea, in what is already the North Korean country’s third operation in just over a week.
“Blinken condemned Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches in violation of several UN Security Council resolutions,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.
Speaking to Blinken this Friday, Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong reiterated that the US-Korea alliance is “the axis of peace, security and prosperity in the Indus-Pacific region and beyond.” may be.
Likewise, at the meeting, he stressed the importance of continued trilateral cooperation between the United States, Korea and Japan, stressing that the North American country’s commitment “is a cooperation to achieve full denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
For his part, US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby has responded that no military action is currently being considered: “President Biden has made it very clear: Diplomacy wins, and that would be no different here than we are over North Korea and the Korean Peninsula to speak”.
“We continue to consult with our allies and partners and the international community on the best next steps. And I think we’ve made it clear that we’re ready to sit down and talk about these issues with North Korea, and that there has been no interest on the part of Pyongyang,” he said.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff noted that the projectiles were fired from the city of Uiju in North Pyongan province (northwest), near the border with China, adding that they flew about 430 kilometers before they struck.
“At this point, it appears that North Korea fired the missiles at fixed targets to improve their accuracy,” sources from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have said. “It is believed that there have been a series of test launches to improve the accuracy of existing short-range missiles,” he added, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
Afterward, South Korea’s National Security Council said it “deeply regrets” the launches, according to a presidency statement. Therefore, he has stressed that these shots are not helping to stabilize the situation on the peninsula and asked Pyongyang to resume dialogue.
For his part, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that Pyongyang had fired at least one missile, adding that Tokyo had lodged a formal protest through the North Korean embassy in China, Japanese news agency Kiodo reported.
“It is obvious that the purpose of North Korea’s frequent missile launches is to improve its ballistic technology,” he said. “We will consider all options, including owning so-called enemy basic attack capabilities, and will continue to work to drastically strengthen our defensive capabilities,” he argued.
The US Indo-Pacific Command (PACOM) said in a statement published on its website that it was “aware” of the launch and was in “close consultation” with “partners and allies”.
“While we recognize that this event poses no immediate threat to US personnel or territory or our allies, the missile launch underscores the destabilizing effect of North Korea’s illegal weapons program,” he said. In conclusion, he stressed that “the United States’ commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains strong.”