(2nd LD) U.S. condemns N. Korean missile launch, stands ready to engage in dialogue: Price

변덕근 / 2021-09-16 03:56:16
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(2nd LD) US-N Korea missile
▲ U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price is seen answering questions in a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021 in this image captured from the department's website. (Yonhap)

▲ A new type of tactical guided missile is launched from the North Korean town of Hamju, South Hamgyong Province, on March 25, 2021, in this file photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

(2nd LD) US-N Korea missile

(2nd LD) U.S. condemns N. Korean missile launch, stands ready to engage in dialogue: Price

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with remarks from State Department spokesman Ned Price in paras 2-14; TRIMS; ADDS photo)

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- The United States condemns North Korea's ballistic missiles but continues to stand ready to engage with the North in dialogue, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday.

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday (Seoul time).

Ned Price noted the missile launches violated a "multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions."

"We do condemn the DPRK's missile launches. These missile launches are in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. We know that they pose a threat to DPRK's neighbors and other members of the international community," the spokesman told a press briefing.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

A State Department spokesperson earlier told Yonhap News Agency that the U.S. remains committed to dialogue with the North.

Price said the U.S. sees diplomacy and dialogue as the only way forward.

"We are, in the midst of this, committed to a diplomatic approach to the DPRK, and we call on the DPRK to engage in a meaningful and substantive dialogue with us," he said at the briefing.

The North's latest missile launches come amid U.S. outreaches to Pyongyang, offering to meet "anytime, anywhere without preconditions."

Price noted Pyongyang continues to remain unresponsive to U.S. overtures, but said the U.S. continues to remain ready to engage with the North.

"We are saying that we continue to believe that diplomacy is the means by which we can achieve the goal that our policy review identified, and that is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," he said.

Price also reiterated the U.S.' defense commitment to U.S. allies in the region, including South Korea.

"All the while our commitment to our allies, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, is ironclad," said Price, referring to South Korea by its official name.

The latest missile launches also come after the North test fired a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the White House was aware of the missile launches, but that it had no additional comments.

"I would note that in the INDOPACOM statement they said they, of course, are aware of the missile launch, as are we," she said when asked about the North's missile launch in a daily press briefing, referring to a statement released earlier by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

"They have also stated that they have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory or to our allies, (and that) the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK's illicit weapons program," she added.


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