White House “Sullivan, Security Chief Kim Seong-han on the phone…”

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Biden’s visit to Korea is also discussed… “Opportunity to strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance”

[워싱턴=AP/뉴시스] White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 22, 2020. 2022.03.23.

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Yujabi = U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and National Security Adviser Kim Seong-han in the presidential office had a phone call condemning North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile.

The White House said in a press release on the 12th (local time) that Sullivan had spoken to Kim and discussed US President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea.

The White House said, “Aide Sullivan congratulated Kim on his inauguration,” adding that “the meeting between President Joe Biden and President Yoon Seok-yeol was an opportunity to strengthen the ROK-U.S. alliance.”

The two sides also condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and promised to maintain close cooperation for the common goal of responding to the North Korean threat and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

They also discussed additional details regarding President Biden’s visit to South Korea and strengthening cooperation on various foreign policy priorities.

Earlier, the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles launched into the East Sea from the Sunan area in Pyongyang around 6:29 pm on the 12th. The flight distance was about 360 km, the peak altitude was about 90 km, and the speed was about Mach 5.

The launch is the first North Korean armed protest since Yoon took office. In addition, it was held less than ten days before the visit of U.S. President Joe Biden to Korea from the 20th to the 22nd.

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