The United States today reiterated its call for dialogue with North Korea and said Washington has no hostile intentions toward Pyongyang, according to local media.
Speaking at a summit of top nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan and the United States in Tokyo, Washington’s special envoy to North Korea, Sung Kim, said his country wants to resolve all issues. issues with North Korea through negotiations.
“As we have repeatedly made clear, the United States has no hostile intentions with the RPDK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” Seung-based Yonhap News Agency quoted Sung as saying.
He reiterated his calls for North Korea to return to dialogue, noting that recent developments in the North served as a reminder of the importance of close co-operation between the US and its allies, according to the agency.
South Korean nuclear negotiator Noh Kyu-duk and his Japanese counterpart Takehiro Funakoshi also attended the meeting.
The meeting was held after North Korea announced on Monday that it had tested a new type of long-range cruise missile over the weekend.
“We hope that the RPDK will respond positively to our numerous offers to meet without preconditions,” said the US envoy, adding that Washington will also continue to fully implement all Council of America resolutions. UN Security to the North.
In a statement Monday, the Korean Central News Agency said the country’s Defense Science Academy successfully tested the new model of the long-range cruise missile on Saturday and Sunday.
“The long-range cruise missiles traveled for 7,580 seconds (126 minutes) along an oval Model 8 orbit in the air over the ground and territorial waters of the RPDK and hit targets 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) away,” the statement said.
The latest missile test came after last month’s joint US-South Korean military exercises opposed by Pyongyang, which called them “a threat to their security.”
Joint military exercises came a month after North Korea and South Korea re-established cross-border communication lines cut off by Pyongyang in June last year.
North Korea cut off communication with South Korea and also blew up the international liaison office along the border in June 2020.
Earlier in January, just hours after US President Joe Biden took office, Pyongyang conducted a cruise missile test, while later in March, it again tested a new short-range tactical ballistic missile.
Reacting to the North Korean move, Biden warned that there would be a “response” if North Korea continued to escalate.
In response, North Korea said Washington could face “undesirable events” if it continued provocations and “usual hostility” against Pyongyang.AA
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