US, S.Korea, Japan Condemn N.Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launches; Urge Dialogue

A view of a missile launcher as North Korea conducts what it says is a drill to launch a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile at an unknown location December 18, 2023 in this picture released by the Korean Central News Agency.

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The top diplomats of the United States, South Korea and Japan on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and urged Pyongyang to engage in “substantive dialogue without preconditions” they said in a joint statement.

“The United States, Japan, and the ROK (South Korea) stand together in opposition to the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) continued development of its unlawful weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin said.