US envoy calls on North Korea to stop missile tests and resume dialogue
13:32, 24 October 2021
The appeal has been made following talks with South Korean authorities on the DPRK’s ballistic missile tests carried out on Tuesday.
The US envoy to North Korea Sung Kim has urged North Korea to terminate its missile tests and reengage in nuclear dialogue with Washington. The call was made on Sunday after a meeting with South Korean officials concerning their neighbor’s military progress.
“We call on the DPRK to cease these provocations and other destabilizing activities, and instead, engage in dialogue. We remain ready to meet with the DPRK without preconditions and we have made clear that the United States harbors no hostile intent towards the DPRK,” the US diplomat said.
He stressed that such actions threaten the international community as well as peace and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula and in Asia.
According to South Korea’s representatives, the DPRK’s missile technology is in an early stage of development. They added that the South will keep promoting the idea of a symbolic ending to the 1950-53 Korean War.
The speech comes several days after Pyongyang conducted and shared photos of tests of its submarine-launched ballistic missile. It was their first underwater-launched test in two years.
The dialogue between the US and North Korea halted in 2019 after ex-President Donald Trump and the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement on a series of sanctions imposed on North Korea.
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President Joe Biden’s administration repeats that it was ready to talk with North Korea “anywhere and at any time” but the DPRK accuses the US of its unfriendly policy and conducting regular drills with the South.