U.S. Urges North Korea to Cease Provocative Actions and Return to Diplomacy

WASHINGTON: The United States, responding to North Korea's recent artillery firing near its west coast, urged Pyongyang to halt its "provocative" and "destabilizing" actions and engage in diplomatic dialogue. This statement comes as tensions escalate following North Korea's latest military activity.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the State Department's spokesperson, the U.S. call for restraint was made in response to an inquiry from Yonhap News Agency. Miller emphasized that the United States holds "no hostile intent" towards North Korea, known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). "We call on the DPRK to refrain from further provocative, destabilizing actions and return to diplomacy," he stated via email. He also encouraged North Korea to partake in meaningful discussions aimed at managing military risks and fostering lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Miller, speaking at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on October 30, 2023, underscored the importance of continued coordination with South Korea and allies in addressing the challenges posed by North Korea. "We continue to consult closely with the Republic of Korea, Japan, and other allies and partners on how to best engage the DPRK, deter aggression, and coordinate international responses to the DPRK's ongoing and repeated violations of UN Security Council resolutions," he added.

The situation intensified when North Korea fired approximately 200 artillery shells into waters on Friday morning, leading to an emergency evacuation order for civilians on South Korean western border islands like Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong. In response, the South Korean military conducted live-fire drills on these border islands.

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