North Korea test fires missiles, US urges diplomacy
The United States is urging diplomacy after North Korea test fired two ballistic missiles. State run media said the test quote: “is of great significance in…enhancing the efficiency in the operation of tactical nukes…”
The state department says North Korea should stop escalating and accept the invitation to negotiate.
Ned Price says: “We harbor no hostile intent towards the DPRK. And we’ve also made clear that we are willing to meet without preconditions to engage in this dialogue. Unfortunately, it is the DPRK that has failed to respond to our invitations, and instead they have engaged in this series of provocations.”
This is North Korea’s 12th missile test this year. More tests are expected in the coming weeks as the DPRK gears up for what it’s calling a revolutionary year of celebrations. Including the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s rise to power.
Sung Kim, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea says: “It is extremely important for United Nations Security Council to send a clear signal to the DPRK that we will not accept escalatory tests as normal.”
South Korea and the United States are currently engaging in joint military training exercises. Protestors are gathering outside South Korea’s presidential palace, calling the drills a war rehearsal. Straight From DC, I’m Ray Bogan.