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U.S. reacts to N. Korea's fourth missile launch of 2022 with repeated message Updated: 2022-01-17 17:11:51 KST

The U.S. has once again condemned North Korea for its latest missile launch the fourth in the space of a month.
In a statement released on Monday a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said that such actions are against the UN Security Resolutions and are a threat to neighboring countries and the international community.
The message also urged Pyeongyang to come out for talks as Washington continues to approach the issue diplomatically but added that its commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan remains "ironclad."
Similar messages were released following the three previous launches this month.
The U.S. military's Indo-Pacific Command also said that the launch did not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies.
But, said that the launches (quote) "highlight the destabilizing impact of illicit weapons programs."
Japan also joined in the condemnation towards North Korea.

"In order to protect the lives and assets of the people, we will continue to do our utmost to collect and analyze information and to increase efforts in surveillance. We would like to promptly announce any additional information that should be announced."

In the meantime, top nuclear envoys of Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo discussed future plans for the response to the latest launch as well as continued efforts to analyze the missile.
On Monday South Korea's Noh Kyu-duk, held a phone conversation with his counter parts, Sung Kim from the U.S. and Takehiro Funakoshi from Japan and reaffirmed cooperation with each other while maintaining stability and urging Pyeongyang to come out for talks.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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