North Korea Conducts More Missile Testing as US Signals for Diplomacy

North Korea fired two more short-range ballistic missiles into the water, marking the sixth missile test this month. 

It comes as the State Department said that the United States is ready to engage in serious, sustained diplomacy with North Korea in order to prevent the advancement of the country’s ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs. 

The latest two projectiles were launched into the water off the east coast of the peninsula. They landed in the sea after flying approximately 118 miles, and reaching altitudes of 12.4 miles. 

North Korea has ramped up its missile testing in the new year. Pyongyang has promised to bolster its defenses against the United States. It has said that it will evaluate restarting all of its temporarily suspended activities. 

Only two days prior, North Korea fired cruise missiles into the water. On January 17, the country test-fired other short-range ballistic missiles labeled “tactical guided missiles”. On January 14, short-range ballistic missiles were tested from a rail car. At the beginning of the month, on January 5 and 11, North Korea claims that it successfully test-fired hypersonic missiles. That makes the missiles fired on Thursday the sixth of 2022. 

International law bars North Korea from developing ballistic missiles, as well as nuclear weapons. 

Experts say that the wide range of recent testing shows that the Kim Jung Un regime is currently developing an impressive diversity of missiles and offensive weaponry. 

The United States has had no hostile intent towards North Korea and has stated that it continues to seek diplomatic solutions and dialogue. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the U.S. is prepared to meet with North Korea’s leaders without any preconditions. 

No response has yet been given by North Korea about the proposal to engage constructively. 

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