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Seoul says second missile launch from Pyongyang in a week undermines “political stability”

South Korea urged Pyongyang to resume dialogue after reporting that North Korea fired a second ballistic missile in six days. Negotiations to limit Pyongyang’s missile program stalled in 2019.

The launches “Represent a significant threat to peace and security not only on the Korean peninsula but also in the world, and do not contribute to the reduction of military tensions”, South Korea’s Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The South Korean President’s National Security Council (NSC) expressed “strong regret” indicating that the launch “Took place at a time when political stability is very important”.

The NSC met on an emergency Tuesday morning, calling on the North to “Resume dialogue and cooperation” in the name of peace in the region.

The JCS reported that Pyongyang shot what was “Presumed to be a ballistic missile” in the Sea of ​​Japan (known in Korea as the East Sea) on Tuesday. The launch was also detected by the US Indo-Pacific Command.

The test was the second suspected missile fired by North Korea in six days. According to the JCS, the performance of the missile launched on Tuesday “improved” compared to the projectile fired on January 5.

North Korea has yet to comment on the matter. Talks over North Korea’s missile program have stalled after a failed summit between then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2019.

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