US Will Respond ‘Strongly’ To North Korean Nuclear Test (responsible)

“We are ready, we will continue our trilateral discussion (with South Korea and Japan) tomorrow”

There will be a ‘loud and clear’ response from the United States, South Korea and the world if North Korea conducts a nuclear test, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman warned on Tuesday. .

“Any nuclear test would be in total violation of UN Security Council resolutions (and) there would be a rapid response,” she warned at a press conference after a meeting with her southern counterpart. Korean, Cho Hyun-dong, in Seoul.

“I believe that not only the Republic of Korea, the United States and Japan, but the whole world will react in a strong and clear way,” she detailed.

“We are ready and (…) we will continue our trilateral discussion (with South Korea and Japan) tomorrow,” said Sherman.

His remarks come after South Korean and US forces fired eight surface-to-surface missiles off South Korea’s east coast on Monday morning in response to a barrage of short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on Sunday. .

US and South Korean government officials have for weeks been denouncing signs of new construction at Punggye-ri, North Korea’s only known nuclear test site, and say Pyongyang may soon test a bomb.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi also reported on Monday progress in North Korean construction work to expand key facilities at its main nuclear facility in Yongbyon.

North Korea, which is also suffering from the Covid-19 epidemic, has so far refused any help offered by Washington and Seoul.

“The Republic of Korea and the United States and others have offered a humanitarian response that has yet to be accepted, but we hope (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un will focus on helping his people to rise to the challenge posed by the virus, and will join us at the negotiating table rather than taking provocative, dangerous and destabilizing steps,” Wendy Sherman said.

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