November 29, 2022

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un

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WASHINGTON – North Korea resumed its missile testing over the weekend, the first under the Biden administration, two US officials told NBC News.

Pyongyang fired at least one missile. However, officials would not elaborate on what type of missile was fired or where the test was being conducted.

At a briefing on Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby declined to comment on the missile launch.

The missile tests come when Pyongyang ignores invitations from Washington to discuss denuclearization and the large-scale joint US and South Korean military exercises on the peninsula resume.

Last week, a senior North Korean official said Pyongyang would not respond to numerous invitations to resume nuclear talks until the United States abandons “hostile policies”.

“We have already stated our position that contact and dialogue between the DPRK and the US will not be possible if the US does not reverse its hostile policy towards the DPRK,” said first deputy foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Korean State Central News Agency.

The Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister warned the United States when Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin began their first trip abroad under Biden’s leadership.

The two visited South Korea and Japan to forge alliances and reaffirm US commitments and interests in the region.

“We take this opportunity to warn the new US administration that is trying to give something [gun] The smell of powder in our country, “Kim Yo Jong said in a statement referring to joint US and South Korean military exercises in the region.

“If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the next four years, it should be better not to cause a stink at the first step, “she added, according to an English translation.

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Later on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Biden administration had no “direct comment or answer”.

Our goal will always be centered on diplomacy and denuclearization in North Korea, “she said.” We are currently focused on working with and coordinating with our partners and allies on a number of issues, including security in the region. “

Under Kim Jong Un, the secluded state carried out its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first ballistic ICBM and threatened to launch missiles into the waters near the US territory of Guam.