US wants dialogue with North Korea after missile launch | North Korea

The United States condemned North Korea’s two missile launches today. A US State Department spokesperson said that despite the launch, the US is eager to find a diplomatic solution with North Korea.

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles, which ended up in Japanese waters, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. This was the first test of such missiles since March and Second missile launch in a week. North Korea says it is in response to the South Korean and US military exercises.

South Korea responded orally on Wednesday, also for the first time, by launching its own missile. Submarine launched ballistic missiles underwater. President Moon Jae-in watched the launch. Moon said this should deter North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in. © Environmental Protection Agency

The US spokesman said that the launches are inconsistent with the agreements reached at the United Nations. But we remain committed to a diplomatic solution and are eager to engage in talks with North Korea.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded with absolutely no anger. Moon wanted the UN Security Council to meet to discuss North Korea. The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, reacted angrily to those plans, saying that “this kind of slander could worsen the relationship.”

The United Nations is concerned about North Korea’s recent missile launch. “Diplomatic engagement remains the only way to achieve lasting peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.

Diplomatic sources said that the UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the events. France and Estonia have requested the meeting. The meeting is held informally and behind closed doors.

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