Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday slammed North Korea’s latest missile launch as a “brazen violation” of U.N. resolutions during a meeting with Indo-Pacific leaders in Thailand.
Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japanese waters while Ms. Harris meets with leaders in Asia. It was North Korea’s second test this month of a long-range missile that could theoretically reach U.S. soil.
Ms. Harris issued her condemnation with fellow Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders in Bangkok.
“This conduct by North Korea most recently is a brazen violation of multiple U.N. Security resolutions. It destabilizes security in the region and unnecessarily raises tensions,” Ms. Harris said at a sideline meeting on the launch. “We strongly condemn these actions, and we again call for North Korea to stop further unlawful, destabilizing acts.”
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has launched a flurry of missile tests of late, possibly to flex his muscle and seek negotiations that will lead to sanctions relief.
President Biden recently told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing has an obligation to push back on Mr. Kim’s aggression in the region.
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Mr. Biden said continued missile tests would lead to a beefed-up U.S. presence in East Asia in coordination with South Korea and other allies.