President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday condemned North Korea’s recent testing of ballistic missiles and asserted that the United States and its allies will “respond accordingly” to any further developments.
Mr. Biden’s remarks come in response to reports that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan on Thursday.
The President explained during his first press conference Thursday that these tests violated U.N. Security Council resolution 1718, which prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile tests or any activities relating to ballistic missiles.
President Biden assured that his administration is in talks with the United States’ allies about North Korea and said, “There will be responses if they choose to escalate. We will respond accordingly.”
The President also highlighted the importance of North Korea’s eventual denuclearization and holding its leaders accountable, and explained that he is open to engaging in discussions and negotiations with North Korea to meet this goal going forward.
“I’m also prepared for some form of diplomacy but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization,” Biden said.