North Korea: US envoy urges North Korea to stop missile testing

SEOUL: The United States on Sunday urged North Korea to stop testing “counterproductive” missiles, but expressed hope that Pyongyang would respond positively to Washington’s call for dialogue.
It comes after North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Tuesday, triggering an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
US Special Representative to North Korea Sung Kim met his southern counterpart Noh Kyu-duk after meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Washington.
He called Tuesday’s launch a “provocation” and urged Pyongyang to end “worrying and counterproductive” missile testing.
“We hope the DPRK responds positively to our outreach,” Kim told reporters in Seoul, using the official North Korean acronyms.
Tuesday’s launch was the latest in a series of recent weapon tests by the country, including a long-range cruise missile, a train-launched weapon and what it said was a hypersonic warhead.
Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blamed the United States for the sanctions, dismissing Washington’s claims it had no hostile intentions.
Kim has met three times with former President Donald Trump, who boasted of having stopped a war but failed to reach a comprehensive deal on ending the country’s nuclear program.
President Joe Biden has vowed to continue to seek diplomacy but with a more low-key approach.

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