North Korea has rejected a US invitation for a formal meeting and said that it…
The US has urged North Korea to stop its “provocations” and focus on dialogue.
After a recent test launch was considered by regional countries to be an advanced hypersonic missile, the US advised North Korea to stop “provocations.”
“We believe it is incumbent on the DPRK to cease these provocations, to demonstrate that they, too, are interested in, and serious about, this dialogue, and if they are, they will find a willing counterpart in the United States, and our allies, to engage in this dialogue,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
The United States, according to Price, has no preconditions for resuming talks with North Korea.
The North’s ballistic missile launch on Tuesday was the second of two newly designed hypersonic missiles, according to the North. South Korea also stated that the launch appeared to be of a hypersonic missile capable of speeds exceeding Mach 10, or around 7,700 mph (12,400 kph).
According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, South Korea expressed deep concern over the development and urged Pyongyang to respond to its request for dialogue.
“At this critical time to stabilize the political situation surrounding the peninsula, North Korea should choose cooperation for peace over acts that go against efforts to build peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as the latest missile launches,” a South Korean Unification Ministry official told Yonhap.
North Korea revealed for the first time in October that it has created and tested a hypersonic missile.
Hypersonic missiles travel at five times the speed of sound, or 6,125 kilometers per hour (3,806 miles per hour), leaving little time to react and raising doubts about the effectiveness of current missile defense systems.