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North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles last weekend after condemning recent joint US-South Korean military exercises, officials said.
Senior officials with the Biden administration downplayed the launches on Tuesday, telling reporters they were on the low end of the spectrum of tests conducted by the Communist state.
The test comes as North Korea has refused to engage in diplomatic relations with the Biden administration.
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, issued a statement denouncing the military drills between South Korea and the US.
The drills, which were paused for more than a year due to coronavirus concerns, were scaled back this year to become computer-simulated drills.
Biden administration officials said Tuesday that the president is still open to a dialogue with the isolated nation.
A top North Korean diplomat last week said the country would not respond to American diplomatic efforts until Washington dropped hostile policies and called for sanctions relief.
North Korea continued developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in 2020 in violation of international sanctions, according to independent United Nations sanctions monitors.
With Post wires
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