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US Envoy To North Korea Calls Missile Tests “Concerning,” Urges Dialogue

US Envoy Sung Kim talked about making an attempt to discover “sustained, substantive diplomacy” with North Korea. (File)


North Korea’s latest ballistic missile checks have been “concerning and counterproductive” for efforts to cut back tensions, and Pyongyang ought to as an alternative interact in talks, the US envoy for North Korea stated on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters after assembly together with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul, Special Representative Sung Kim stated the United States is dedicated to exploring “sustained and substantive diplomacy” with North Korea.

“Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Kim stated. “That’s why Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile test, one of several in the past six weeks, is concerning and counterproductive to making progress toward a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.”

Pyongyang to this point has rejected US overtures, accusing Washington and Seoul of speaking diplomacy whereas ratcheting up tensions with their very own army actions.

On Thursday, the North stated the United States was overreacting to a submarine-launched ballistic missile take a look at that it referred to as self-defensive, and questioned the sincerity of Washington’s affords of talks, warning of penalties.

That launch violated a number of United Nations Security Council resolutions and poses a risk to North Korea’s neighbours and the worldwide neighborhood, Kim stated.

“We call on the DPRK to cease these provocations and other destabilising activities and instead engage in dialogue,” he stated, utilizing the initials of North Korea’s official identify. “We remain ready to meet with DPRK without preconditions and we have made clear that the United States harbours no hostile intent toward DPRK.”

South Korean nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk stated Sunday’s talks with Kim had included “serious” dialogue of Seoul’s proposal to formally declare an finish to the state of struggle that has technically existed for the reason that 1950-1953 Korean War resulted in an armistice reasonably than a peace treaty.

South Korean officers see such a declaration as a gesture of goodwill to get talks began.

Kim stated Washington was discussing methods to make progress with North Korea, together with the South’s end-of-war proposal and doable humanitarian support tasks.

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