Daily US Times: Just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened South Korea and the United States and for holding joint military exercises, North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, two White House officials said.
The missile tests were confirmed by two senior White House officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. The latest missile tests come as North Korea has ignored offers from the Biden administration to resume negotiations, and in the last week, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed China to use its “tremendous influence” to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
However, the White House officials sought to downplay the significance of the missile tests, noting that they are not covered by United Nations Security Council resolutions meant to deter North Korea from pursuing a nuclear program.
President Biden himself told reporters the missile tests were not a provocation.
He said: “There’s no new wrinkle in what they did.”
The Biden administration has been open about its desire to engage in negotiations with North Korea even as the regime has batted away calls for the two nations to talk.
In it’s first comments directed at the Biden administration, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister earlier this month warned the US to “refrain from causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” for the next four years.
Kim Yo Jong’s statement was issued as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Asia to talk with US allies South Korea and Japan about North Korea and other regional issues.