The US believes North Korea is attracting attention with its dangerous missile tests.

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source: aljazeera.com

The US believes North Korea is attracting attention with its dangerous missile tests.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated that the Joe Biden government and its allies are committed to a joint response to Pyongyang's threats.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that the United States was prepared "to sit down with no preconditions" at the table toward denuclearization ahead of North Korea's missile launch, saying that with these actions, the country "tries to attract attention."

"We are not only sanctioning the North Koreans. We are deeply engaged both at the UN and with key partners, such as South Korea and Japan, in a response. Part of it is that North Korea is trying to get attention. That has been done in the past, and it will probably continue to be done," he said.

Blinken highlighted in an interview with the American network MSNBC that the North Korean country's response to a possible negotiation has been "the renewal of missile tests," something that he described as "destabilizing" and "dangerous," since "contravenes a large number of UN Security Council resolutions."

RESPONSE OF KOREA

Given these words and the recent sanctions imposed by the United States, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the North Korean country declared this Friday that "the current US Administration speaks of diplomacy and dialogue, but that, in reality, it resorts to the policy of isolating and suffocate North Korea.

"The United States slandered our just relevant action in the UN Security Council and went so far as to invite independent sanctions, intentionally aggravating the situation. It is a provocation and a mafia logic that the United States questions the exercise of our legitimate right to self-defense," he said, according to the KNCA news agency.

North Korea defended "increasing the national defense capacity," arguing that "it is a legitimate right of a sovereign state," for which the United States "is making another provocation" against the "right to self-defense."

"Our recent development of a new-type weapon is to modernize the national defense capability, not to target a specific country or force, or harm the security of neighboring countries," he said.

PHONE CONVERSATIONS

On the other hand, the United States Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, made calls during this week with the director-general for the Office of Asia and Oceania Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Funakoshi Takehiro, and the representative of Korea's special officer for Peace and Security Affairs on the Korean Peninsula, Noh Kyu Duk.

In these telephone negotiations, Kim condemned the ballistic missile launches on January 4 and 10 as violating "multiple UN Security Council resolutions" and called on North Korea "to refrain from such destabilizing activities and engage in a dialogue with the United States.

"The special representative underscored the continued openness of the United States to dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea. He also reiterated Washington's iron commitment to its allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The calls on January 11 were the latest in a series of calls made between the three since January 5," US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

In addition, this same Thursday, more talks would have been held in parallel between the South Korean Deputy Defense Minister, Kim Man Ki, the Undersecretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs of the United States, Ely Ratner, and the Japanese Defense Minister. Kazuo Masuda.

In them, South Korea and the United States would have agreed to accelerate an in-depth analysis and preparation of measures in response to missile launches, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The United States announced on Wednesday sanctions against five North Korean citizens linked to North Korea's weapons program, after the Kim Jong Un regime carried out at least two ballistic missile tests: on January 5 and 10, both towards the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, known in Korea as the East Sea.