UPDATED 7:33 AM PT — Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Seoul is urging caution to North Korea, following Pyongyang’s recent series of missile tests. In a statement Tuesday, South Korea confirmed the launches of several short-range projectiles in North Korea over the weekend.
The North Korean Central News Agency has claimed the test was a strike drill intended to increase the country’s combat ability in order to defend their sovereignty.
South Korea’s defense ministry has since called on the north to stop all actions that heighten tensions on the peninsula.
“We are very concerned about North Korea’s action, which goes against the purpose of 19th of September Military Agreement,” stated Choi Hyun Soo, spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry. “We urge North Korea to stop action that intensifies military tension on the Korean Peninsula.”
In the meantime, the Trump administration is remaining optimistic about a potential nuclear deal with Pyongyang. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the missile launches did not present a threat to the U.S. or its allies and won’t derail diplomacy talks.