US and South Korea Ask North to Return to Negotiations After Weapon Testing

Unification Minister Lee In-young and the U.S. envoy for North Korea, Special Representative Sung Kim, met Tuesday to seek ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table after a series of weapons testing.

During the meeting, Lee and Kim discussed ways to “stably manage” the currently “grave” political situation on the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said. 

Kim added that the US remains open to diplomacy and engagement with Pyongyang but stressed it would respond to the North’s provocations through close consultations with the South.

Meanwhile, Vice Unification Minister Choi Young-joon also met with Kim and discussed the North’s reported test of a tactical guided missile over the weekend.

“We have in all of those engagements sought to make very clear to the DPRK that the door to diplomacy is not closed, that it does remain open, but that the DPRK needs to cease its destabilizing actions and instead choose the path of engagement, something it has not yet done,” US spokesperson Ned Price said in a press briefing Tuesday.

“We are willing to listen to the full range of the DPRK’s concerns, but this can only happen through dialogue, and the DPRK has not yet given any concrete indications that it is open to this dialogue,” Price added.

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