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N. Korean official says new U.S. sanctions only stimulate stronger response
Updated: 2022-01-14 08:02:30 KST
North Korea has fired back at the U.S. for its sanctions against North Korean individuals following Pyeongyang's series of missile tests.
In an interview with the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Friday a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry said such actions only serve to further stimulate the North to respond even stronger and clearer.
The state-run media outlet also said the U.S. needs to respect the North's sovereignty.
This comes as U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said North Korea's launches seem to be attention seeking, which he added is "destabilizing."
On Thursday, he appeared on MSNBC saying the North has acted this way in the past and will continue to do so.
He revealed that some months ago, Biden Administration officials reached out for talks with the North Koreans with no preconditions and no hostile intent toward Pyeongyang, but they were rebuffed.
Blinken added that the way North Korea is acting right now is dangerous.
He also explained that, on top of sanctioning the North Koreans, Washington is deeply engaged on North Korea-related issues at the UN and with key partners, such as South Korea and Japan.
The U.S. Ambassador to UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also urged North Korea to come back to talks.
She tweeted "We call on North Korea to refrain from further destabilizing actions, abandon its prohibited WMD and ballistic missile programs, and engage in meaningful dialogue."
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com