South Korea and U.S. Agree To Deal with Projectile Launches by Pyongyang ‘Prudently’
May 4, 2019 (EIRNS)—South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone and agreed on May 4 to react “prudently” to the May 4 projectile launches by North Korea, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said, reported TASS.
Although these were short-range weapons (70-200 km) that would be useless against the United States and not likely suitable to launch nuclear weapons, the New York Times and other media chose to report them as a threat to U.S. diplomatic efforts in relation to North Korea.
“Regarding today’s launch, the two sides agreed to prudently deal with it and continue to communicate while continuing additional analysis,” the Seoul Foreign Ministry said in a statement, as quoted by the South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced, “We are aware of North Korea’s actions tonight. We will continue to monitor as necessary.”
Lee Do-hoon, the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s special representative for North Korea and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun also spoke by phone after the launches, the ministry reported.