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U.S. to continue to provide COVID-19 help to N. Korea despite latest missile provocations Updated: 2022-05-26 17:07:01 KST

Washington will continue to support providing COVID-19 help for North Korea despite the regime's latest missile provocations.
Mark Lambert, deputy assistant secretary of state for Japan and South Korea, said in a virtual press briefing Wednesday that the U.S. stance remains unchanged even in light of recent provocations by the North.
He explained that the U.S. has always viewed humanitarian assistance as a separate issue from achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The senior diplomat also underscored that the U.S. remains open to dialogue with Pyeongyang.
During a separate briefing, State Department Press Secretary Ned Price called on the international community to condemn the North's latest missile launches.
Strongly renouncing the regime for its latest provocations, he also called on countries to implement UN Security Council sanctions on the regime.
The remarks come on the heels of the North's firing of three ballistic missiles early Wednesday, which marked its 17th show of force this year.
North Korea's escalatory action was met with criticism by the UN.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, a UN spokesman said the regime's provocation only continues to escalate regional and global tensions.
Against this backdrop, a senior U.S. government official says that the UNSC will vote on Washington-led sanctions against the North in the coming days.
Citing the official, Reuters explained that the measures would include banning tobacco and cutting oil exports to Pyeongyang.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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