S. Korean, U.S. FMs vow united, firm response to N. Korean provocations
Updated: 2022-06-14 12:45:25 KST
The top diplomats of Seoul and Washington called for North Korea to refrain from staging additional provocations, highlighting that they will be met with a firm response.
"We are firm that any North Korean provocations, including a nuclear test, will be met with a united and firm response from our alliance and the international community."
In a joint press briefing held on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the North has completed preparations for a possible nuclear test.
He then added that if conducted, it would be met with a swift response.
Blinken also reiterated that Washington remains committed to engaging in dialogue with the North.
"And let me emphasize, that the United States has absolutely no hostile intent towards the DPRK. We are open to dialogue without pre-conditions. We want to support the people of North Korea, including with COVID-19 vaccines."
The two also emphasized that Seoul, Washington and Japan are maintaining close coordination in order to respond to North Korean threats.
This was the first meeting between the two top diplomats since South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin took office last month.
Park is on a four-day trip to the U.S., during which he plans to meet with U.S. congressional leaders and experts at think tanks.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.