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January 18, 2022
N.Korea Fires Missiles, Drawing Both U.S. Condemnation and Appeal for Talks
Journalists David Brunnstrom, Josh Smith
North Korea fired at least two ballistic missiles on Friday, drawing both condemnation and an appeal for dialogue from a U.S. administration that has imposed new sanctions over previous North Korean missile launches and is pushing for more.
The third North Korean missile launch in less than two weeks and indignant statements by both sides raised the spectre of a return to 2017's days of "fire and fury" threats before a flurry of diplomacy that stalled and slipped back into a standoff.
The United States condemned the latest launch, saying it posed a threat to North Korea's neighbours and the international community. But in an emailed statement a State Department spokesperson repeated calls for dialogue.
Duyeon Kim of the U.S.-based Center for a New American Security (CNAS) think tank said Biden should continue to penalise North Korea for its missile tests and use sanctions to curb funding for weapons programmes, but if so, "We should expect to see more fireworks and provocations."
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