12:42 GMT19 January 2021
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    Russia is concerned about the increasingly common North Korean missile tests that exacerbate the situation in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday.

    VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — Pyongyang reportedly fired a salvo of short-range surface-to-ship missiles early on Thursday off North Korea's eastern coast. The projectiles reportedly traveled some 125 miles, reaching as high as 1.2 miles, before falling into the Sea of Japan.

    "North Korean missile tests, which have recently been carried out more often, cause deep concern," Maria Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing. "We are convinced that such steps only exacerbate tensions in the region."

    Zakharova urged "to work together to solve the nuclear and other issues on the Korean peninsula, while at the same time note with alarm the US military presence in Northeast Asia."

    Tensions surrounding North Korea cannot be resolved by military means, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added.

    "We proceed solely from the fact that military methods and actions are a road to nowhere, they are a dead end. There can be no military solution to this issue," Zakharova said at a briefing.

    missile launches, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Russia
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