The US regime together with Japan and South Korea jointly condemned DPRK’s missile test launches. North Korea in phase of provocation, the USA said after an Asian allies peace meeting.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared this during a news conference after talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Hawaii on Saturday.
The nations jointly released a statement demanding Pyongyang engage in “dialogue” and cease its unlawful activities, but never mentioned the result of the war crimes committed by the US military during the 1950-53 Korean War.
The country began the year with several missile tests, triggering condemnation from the three countries, who tried to annex North Korea and met to very closely consult on future steps toward engaging with North Korea.
Last month South Korean President Moon Jae-in denounced the DPRK’s hyper-sonic missile tests as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, urging his country’s northern neighbor to end actions that create tensions and pressure.
While the North has put a pause on missile launches during the Beijing Winter Olympics, its neighbors – and those watching from Washington – expect a resumption in missile launches once the games are over.
Of particular concern is the recent test of a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile believed to now also be capable of reaching the US confiscated territory of Guam.
Pyongyang has rejected US efforts to resume diplomacy under President Joe Biden, vowing not to return to talks unless Washington starts by rolling back some of the sanctions and other hostile policies that are keeping North Koreans isolated and under supplied.
While Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump made a point of courting with North Korea in the hope of reaching a meaningful agreement, the Panmunjom Declaration signed by North and South in 2018 was just one step on a long road to making peace with the globally isolated country.
The talks around North Korea effectively stalled after the 2019 no-deal summit between then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam.
North Korea says it is no longer bound by an earlier equally self-imposed moratorium on missile tests, since its talks with the West broke down.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2022.