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U.S. urges full implementation of UNSC sanctions on N. Korea

All News 04:29 October 05, 2021

By Byun Duk-kun

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (Yonhap) -- A spokesman for the U.S. State Department on Monday stressed the need to fully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions on N. Korea while also urging the North to comply with U.N. resolutions that prohibit the North from testing or developing weapons of mass destruction.

Ned Price made the remark after North Korea criticized the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) for convening an emergency meeting last week to discuss its recent missile launches.

"We remain concerned by the DPRK's repeated violations of multiple Security Council resolutions and we underscore the need for both full compliance with Security Council resolutions and full implementation of all existing U.N. sanctions," the spokesman said in a telephonic press conference.

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

N. Korea says it tested newly developed hypersonic missile

The UNSC meeting, held Friday, followed a series of missile launches by the North that Pyongyang claims had included the testing of a newly developed hypersonic missile and an anti-aircraft missile.

The U.S. said the country and its allies were still assessing the recent launches to confirm the exact type of missiles launched by the North, but still condemned the missile launches as violations of multiple UNSC resolutions.

The North is prohibited from testing or developing any ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction under UNSC resolutions.

Pyongyang on Monday (Seoul time) criticized the UNSC for holding a meeting on its missile launches, arguing the meeting itself has demonstrated the council's double standard toward North Korea as it remains silent over American joint military exercises with South Korea that the North claims are war rehearsals.

Price said the U.S. still remains ready to engage with the North in dialogue.

"Our goal ... remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and we remain prepared as we've said to meet with DPRK officials without preconditions," he said.

Pyongyang remains unresponsive to overtures made by the Biden administration. It has also stayed away from denuclearization talks with the U.S. since early 2019.

Price said the U.S. has made "specific proposals for discussions" in its outreaches to the North and that it hopes "the DPRK will respond positive to our outreach."

He also reaffirmed U.S. support for inter-Korean dialogue, one day after North Korea reopened its direct communication channels with South Korea after a 55-day suspension.

"We support inter-Korean dialogue and engagement, as well as cooperation, and we'll continue to work with ROK partners," the spokesman said, referring to South Korea by its official name, the Republic of Korea.

North Korea had restored inter-Korean communication lines in July after a 13-month suspension, only to shut them down again after about two weeks in August.

Inter-Korean liaison hotline restored


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