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    The Relationship Between the Two Koreas (166)

    South Korean, Japanese and US deputy defense minister-level officials have discussed coordinating the three countries' responses to North Korea’s test of two intermediate-range ballistic missiles carried out earlier this week, Korean media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, South Korean media reported that Pyongyang carried out a successful launch of the medium long-range strategic ballistic missile named Hwasong-10. North Korea claimed that the test-firing, attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was successful.

    "The three nations shared the view that North Korea's provocations will further strengthen the international community's resolve to press the North to stop such behavior," the South Korean Defense Ministry said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

    US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Kelly Magsamen reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defending South Korea, while all three officials condemned North Korea's violation of the UN Security Council resolution prohibiting the country from using ballistic technology, according to the news outlet.

    In early January, North Korea successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, putting a satellite into orbit a month later, in violation UN Security Council resolutions.

    In March, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that imposes additional sanctions on North Korea, aiming to affect multiple sectors of the country’s economy. The same month, North Korea conducted multiple short and medium-range rocket launches.

    Last month, Pyongyang urged Seoul to accept its offer to hold military talks and called for joint steps to carry out measures for national unity, citing the need to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. South Korea rejected the proposal, demanding "a real turn" toward denuclearization.

    The Relationship Between the Two Koreas (166)


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