North Korea tested two missiles after condemning drills between the US and South Korea
North Korea fired two short-range missiles last weekend after recently condemning joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
Senior Biden government officials downplayed the launches on Tuesday, telling reporters they were on the lower end of the testing spectrum conducted by the communist state.
The test comes because North Korea has refused to establish diplomatic relations with the Biden government.
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister Kim Yo Jong issued a statement denouncing the military exercises between South Korea and the United States.
The drills, which were suspended for more than a year due to coronavirus concerns, were downsized to computer-simulated drills this year.
Biden administration officials said Tuesday the president is still open to dialogue with the isolated nation.
A senior North Korean diplomat said last week the country would not respond to US diplomatic efforts until Washington dropped hostile policies and called for sanctions relief.
According to independent United Nations sanctions monitors, North Korea further developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in 2020 in violation of international sanctions.
With postal wires
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