SEOUL — North Korea fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Tuesday, the South Korean military said, just as the North’s ambassador to the United Nations called on the United States to end joint military exercises and withdraw its strategic weapons from around the Korean Peninsula.
The North resumed short-range ballistic missile tests after its negotiations with the Trump administration collapsed in 2019. Pyongyang conducted its last missile tests on Sept. 15, when it launched two ballistic missiles in violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions banning the country from developing or testing ballistic missiles or nuclear devices.
North Korea’s short-range missiles are not treated with as much alarm as the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. It was not clear whether the test on Tuesday involved a ballistic missile, which would violate the U.N. resolutions.
The missile launch on Tuesday morning came three days after the sister of Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, said that the country would consider holding a summit meeting with South Korea and declaring an official end to the Korean War if Seoul could restore trust with Pyongyang.
The statement from the sister, Kim Yo-jong, had raised cautious hopes that North Korea might be ready to resume dialogue, two and a half years after Mr. Kim’s diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump fell apart without an agreement on ending the North’s nuclear weapons programs or the lifting of sanctions.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, the North’s ambassador, Kim Song, reiterated that Washington must end “hostile policy” toward his country if it wants peace on the peninsula. The Korean War was halted in a truce in 1953, leaving
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