(LEAD) US condemns North Korea’s missile launch and urges North Korea to engage in dialogue

(ATTN: Updated with comments from Pentagon spokespersons in the last 6 paragraphs)
Byung Dok

Washington, January 14 (Yonhap News Agency)-The United States has accused North Korea of ​​launching its latest missile on Friday amid heightened tensions between the two countries following multiple missile tests from North Korea last week.

North Korea relaunched what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday afternoon (Seoul time). These short-range missile tests will follow shortly after two separate test launches, although Pyongyang claims to be a new hypersonic missile since last Wednesday.

A spokesman for the State Department said, “The United States has accused North Korea of ​​launching ballistic missiles, which violate several UN Security Council resolutions and threaten North Korea’s neighbors and the international community. Give. ” Its official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We continue to commit to our diplomatic approach to North Korea and call on them to participate in the dialogue. Our commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains solid,” officials added. ..

Two supersonic missile tests this month, with the United States imposing its own sanctions on six North Korean representatives based in Russia and China, alleging that they had illegally procured materials for North Korea’s weapons program. He said he had proposed additional UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will use “any suitable tool” to deal with North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

A North Korean diplomatic spokesman said the country would be forced to take a “stronger and more secure reaction” if the United States chose to take a confrontational position shortly before the recent missile launch. I said I would.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the United States is working closely with South Korea to maintain readiness for joint defense.

At a press conference, he was a military option, while Blinken declined direct comments on whether it could be included in the “tools” mentioned earlier.

“And, as we have revealed, we will sit down and discuss these issues with North Korea,” he added, adding that Pyongyang has not been interested in the dialogue so far.

“From the Department of Defense (DoD) perspective, we already have security commitments on the peninsula, so our work here at DoD is to maximize our capabilities and those commitments. Is to ensure that you can meet. “

Kirby also declined to comment when asked if recent North Korean missile launches would again include hypersonic missiles.

“We’re still doing Intel’s assessment of it. It’s not a time when we’re willing to go beyond classifying it as a ballistic missile launch,” he said. (LEAD) US condemns North Korea’s missile launch and urges North Korea to engage in dialogue

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