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U.S. State Secretary condemns regime's ballistic missile launches during call with FM
Updated: 2022-01-15 13:00:37 KST

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches, during a call with South Korea's Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on Saturday.
According to the U.S. State Department, Blinken noted that the regime's actions violated numerous UN Security Council resolutions.
He also stressed that U.S. commitment to the defense of South Korea remains ironclad.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry also highlighted the need to maintain a stance of firm and cooperative defense based on the strong Seoul-Washington alliance.
The two counterparts reaffirmed that their alliance is the "linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the indo-pacific region and beyond."
They also discussed the complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, and ways to bring North Korea back to the dialogue table.

The discussion comes hours after North Korea confirmed the launching of two missiles from a railway platform on Friday.
The regime's state media reported Saturday that North Korea's railway-based missile regiment staged a firing drill the previous day, with two tactical guided missiles hitting a target in the East Sea.
This marks the North's second known launch using a railway platform, following the first one in September 2021.
It's already the third show of force of the new year.

Experts note the missiles appear to be the KN-23 type, modeled after Russia's Iskander mobile ballistic missile.
Friday's launch came just hours after the regime warned of a (quote)"stronger and certain reaction" to
Washington's latest blacklisting of six North Koreans for their roles in procuring equipment and technology for the North's weapons programs.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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