The historic feud includes Japan forcing mostly Korean women to work in its wartime brothels and has long soured bilateral ties between the two important US allies.
The test-fires were Pyongyang’s first major provocation since President Biden took office in January, an apparent move to pressure the US administration and to boost North Korea’s leverage in future talks.
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After meeting with South Korean officials in Seoul, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will complete its North Korea policy review in coming weeks, and that both pressure and diplomatic options are on the table.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin are in Japan and issues on agenda range from solidifying Asian alliances against China to North Korean nuclear issue and a military coup in Myanmar.
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North Korean state news agency KCNA reports that the country's authorities are considering ways to hand over the body of the slain official to the South if it is found.
South Korea has accused Pyongyang of fatally shooting one of its public servants, who was likely trying to defect, and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week.
Seoul says the suspected defector was killed at sea and his body burned as a coronavirus precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency found his body at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul, near where his phone signal was last detected during a late-night search, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
For several days, North Korea has lashed out at South Korea, threatening to close an inter-Korean liaison office and other projects if the South does not stop defectors from sending leaflets and other material into the North.
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