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U.S. urges Pyongyang to quit provoking

  • October 3, 2019
  • , NHK WORLD
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The US State Department has called on North Korea to stop its provocations ahead of working-level denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang which have been announced.

 

The call comes as the North on Wednesday fired what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile which landed in waters within Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

 

A State Department released to NHK a comment the same day saying the US calls on North Korea to refrain from provocations and abide by its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.

 

The Department also urged North Korea to remain engaged in substantive and sustained negotiations, to do its part to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, and achieve denuclearization.

 

Pyongyang announced on Tuesday it reached agreement with the US to hold working-level talks Saturday. The State Department also disclosed on the same day that talks will take place shortly.

 

North Korea fired the missile immediately thereafter.

 

Washington has yet to comment on the type of missile or the fact that it landed within Japan’s EEZ.

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