South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea from North Korean waters

South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea from North Korean waters ...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korean troops say North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into its eastern waters as it continues a recent streak of weapons tests apparently intended to put Washington and Seoul under pressure over stalled nuclear diplomacy.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea on Tuesday did not immediately state what the North fired or how far the weapon flew.

The nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been stalled for more than two years because of disagreements over exchanges of the lifting of crippling U.S.-led sanctions against North Korea and the Norths denuclearization measures.

Since his diplomatic dispute with then-President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to strengthen his nuclear deterrent. His government has so far rejected the Biden administrations requests to restart dialogue without preconditions, saying that Washington must first abandon its hostile policy, a term the North typically uses to refer to sanctions and U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

Since September, the country has been ramping up its weapons tests and making conditional peace offers to Seoul, ending a monthslong lull. This reaffirms stalemate in which the United States has pressed South Korea to get what it wants.

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