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US warns North Korea to stop missile tests and return to talks

A senior US diplomat has urged North Korea to refrain from additional missile tests and resume nuclear diplomacy, days after the totalitarian country fired off its first underwater-launched ballistic missile in two years.
Sung Kim, the US envoy on North Korea, spoke after meeting with South Korean officials to discuss North Korea’s recent missile tests while nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang remain stalled.
“We call on the DPRK to cease these provocations and other destabilising activities, and instead, engage in dialogue,” Mr Kim told reporters, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korea announced Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 that it had tested a newly developed missile designed to be launched from a submarine.
North Korea announced it had tested a newly developed missile designed to be launched from a submarine. (AP)
“We remain ready to meet with the DPRK without preconditions and we have made clear that the United States harbours no hostile intent towards the DPRK,” he said.
Last Tuesday, North Korea fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in its fifth round of weapons tests in recent weeks.
South Korean officials said the submarine-fired missile appeared to be in an early stage of development. That marked the North’s first underwater-launched test since October 2019, and the most high-profile one since US President Joe Biden took office in January.
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Missiles fired from submarines are harder to detect in advance and would provide North Korea with a secondary, retaliatory attack capability.
US Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, speaks after a meeting with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at the US State Department in Washington.
US Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, has warned North Korea to stop missile tests.. (AP)
North Korea has an arsenal of long range missiles. (AP)
Tuesday’s launch violates multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that ban any activity by North Korea in the area of ballistic missiles.
Mr Kim said the test poses a threat to the international community and is “concerning and counterproductive” to efforts to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Kim’s South Korean counterpart, Noh Kyu-duk, said the two had an “in-depth” discussion on Seoul’s push for a symbolic declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War as a way to bring peace.
Noh said he and Kim also reaffirmed that North Korea’s issues of concern can be discussed once talks are restarted.
The US-led talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear program have been largely stalled since early 2019, when a summit between then-President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un collapsed due to disputes over US-led sanctions on the North.
The US anticipated that some missiles would be tested in a show of strength by North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un.
North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un insists security talks with the US can only start with preconditions. (AP)
The Biden Administration has repeatedly said it’s ready to meet North Korea “anywhere and at any time” without preconditions.
But North Korea says a return to talks is conditional on the US dropping what it calls hostile policy, an apparent reference to the sanctions and regular military drills between Washington and Seoul.
Before the submarine missile launch, North Korea had also tested several other new weapons systems over a six-week period, including its longest-range cruise missile and a hypersonic missile currently under development.
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Those weapons potentially put US allies South Korea and Japan within striking range. Some experts say North Korea may also in coming weeks test a missile that could reach the American homeland in order to maximise its pressure campaign on the US.
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