Seoul urges North Korea to halt military action, says missile tests escalate tensions

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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.

FILE – This Saturday, May 4, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows a test of weapon systems, in North Korea. North Korea’s test of what appears to be new short-range ballistic missile may not have been a direct threat to the United States, but experts warn it’s almost certainly an omen of bigger problems on the horizon. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

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.

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