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U.S. DoD says North Korea's current actions are a cause for serious concern Updated: 2022-01-22 13:07:42 KST

The Pentagon has expressed deep concerns over North Korea's latest round of missile launches and plans to possibly resume nuclear testing.
But the defense department reiterated its long stance that it intends to resolve the current tension through dialogue.
Our Kim Do-yeon has the details.
The U.S. Department of Defense has expressed deep concern over recent action taken by North Korea including missile launches as well as a possible return to nuclear testing after a pause of a few years.
On Friday during a press briefing the Pentagon's Press Secretary, John Kirby, said (quote), "Without getting into specific intelligence assessments, we have every expectation they do continue to improve their capabilities, both in terms of potential range and in precision."
He also added that the U.S.'s view hasn't changed in that they want complete, verifiable denuclearization of the peninsula through talks and urged the regime's leader, Kim Jong-un to come to the table.
In the meantime U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met virtually to discuss current on-going issues in East Asia including Pyeongyang's aggressive stance.
In a press release the White House said that both leaders are committed to maintain close coordination on DPRK issues moving forward, in lockstep with South Korea.
The Japanese Prime Minister also condemned the North's recent moves.

"As for nuclear disarmament, President Biden praised a US-Japan joint statement on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons which was issued this morning and we confirm that we will work together to realize a world without nuclear arms."

This comes as earlier this month former Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Curtis Scaparrotti, said the allied forces of Seoul and Washington were working on plans for preemptive attacks on North Korea, during his command from 2013 to 2016.
Speaking at a lecture at the Institute for Corean-American Studies, he said the operation was one of several options in the works at the time.
And with the North expanding its nuclear capacity at a faster than expected pace, he added, South Korea and the U.S. must continue to prepare to initiate an attack while balancing between deterrence and preemptive strikes.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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