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US will respond to North Korea's nuclear tests, says Blinken

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O secretário de Estado dos Estados Unidos, Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, received by the European Commission. | Photo: EFE/EPA/YVES HERMAN

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned this Monday ( ) that the country will respond “swiftly” if North Korea conducts nuclear tests, and invited Pyongyang to attend the negotiation table.

“We are very vigilant. We have very close contacts with allies like South Korea, Japan and others, so we can respond quickly,” Blinken said at a press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin. , at the State Department headquarters in Washington.

“We urge North Korea to refrain from destabilizing activities. We urge it to adopt serious and uninterrupted diplomacy,” he declared, while Park Jin said he was convinced that Kim Jong’s regime -Un “has completed its preparations for another nuclear test”.

Since the beginning of this year, Pyongyang has staged a record volume of missile tests. Were 18 in 14 weeks, raising tensions on the peninsula to levels not seen since 2017.

The United States proposed a resolution to the Security Council in May to increase international sanctions against North Korea over its missile launches, but China and Russia used veto power. to prevent the project from moving forward.

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