South Korea Regrets North’s Missile Launch But Strives for Dialogue

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HANDOUT - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch from a site near the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Two missiles tested by North Korea on Thursday were a
HANDOUT - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile launch from a site near the North's eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Two missiles tested by North Korea on Thursday were a "new-type [of] tactical guided weapon" and their launch was meant to send a "solemn warning" to Seoul, the country's state-run news agency KCNA has reported. Photo: -/KCNA/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full

The South Korean Ministry of Unification on Tuesday expressed regret over the new missile test by North Korea, reaffirming its determination to achieve reconciliation through dialogue.

South Korea reported detecting the launch of an unidentified projectile from North toward the Sea of Japan overnight Tuesday. The South Korean military identified it as a short-range ballistic missile, possibly launched from a submarine.

“We regret the latest launch, demand North Korea’s prompt consent to dialogue, and will resolutely take the necessary measures through interaction with concerned states, including the United States,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

Seoul will consistently make efforts through dialogue and cooperation to ensure the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and strengthen relations with Pyongyang.

The ministry pledged to “consistently continue making efforts through dialogue and cooperation for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Office of National Security also expressed regret over the launch and urged North Korea to return to peace negotiations as soon as possible.

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