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Seoul, Washington strongly condemn N. Korea's latest missile launches
Updated: 2022-05-13 13:45:04 KST

North Korea's 16th weapons test this year is drawing global condemnation.
In a phone call on Thursday, the U.S. and South Korea strongly condemned the regime's latest ballistic missile launches.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his counterpart Kim Sung-han reaffirmed the importance of their alliance and agreed to work closely on North Korea.
The two also shared their objective of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsulawhile discussing President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to Seoul.

Japan and the European Union also denounced North Korea's recent provocationsduring a summit in Tokyo.
In a joint statement, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and EU leaders called on Pyeongyang to cease its "destabilising actions" and to resume dialogue with relevant parties.
Together, they reiterated that North Korea should not have nuclear weapons and urged the regime to abandon weapons of mass destruction.
The EU vowed to take a bigger role in Asia's regional tensions.

"The Indo-Pacific is a thriving region. It is also a theatre of tensions. Take the situation in the East and South China Sea or the constant threat of the DPRK. As we discussed Prime Minister Kishida, dear Fumio, the European Union wants to take a more active role in the Indo-Pacific."

Meanwhile on Thursday, the White House said North Korea could launch a nuclear test as early as this month.

"In terms of whether we expect a test. We, the United States, assesses that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea could be ready to conduct a test there as early as this month. This would be its seventh such test. We've shared this information with allies and partners and are closely coordinating with them."

The U.S. is closely monitoring signs of additional provocations from the North, including a seventh nuclear test, as President Joe Biden is set to visit South Korea next week.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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