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Top S. Korean, U.S. diplomats condemn N. Korea's latest missile launches; agree to continue consultations on humanitarian assistance
Updated: 2022-05-13 17:05:58 KST
South Korea and the U.S. remain steadfast with their goal to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula despite North Korea's continued provocations.
South Korea's Foreign Minister Park Jin spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Friday morningand condemned North's latest ballistic missile launches.
The two agreed to maintain a strong combined defense posture and to strengthen their cooperation against such threats.
At the same time, Seoul and Washington shared their willingness to resume talks with Pyeongyang.
Also, along with the international community, they agreed to continue consultations on humanitarian aid to the North following its first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The talks between the top diplomats come just a day after the national security advisers of South Korea and the U.S. held a phone call shortly after Pyeongyang fired three short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea.
Kim Sung-han and his U.S. counterpart Jake Sullivan strongly condemned the regime's latest missile launchesand agreed to work closely on North Korea.
Japan and the European Union also denounced North Korea's recent provocations.
In a joint statement, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and EU leaders called on the North to cease its "destabilizing 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.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is closely monitoring signs of additional provocations from the North, including a seventh nuclear test, with President Joe Biden set to visit South Korea next week.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
Reporter : shmin@arirang.com