The United States has urged North Korea to abstain from additional destabilizing actions and to reengage in diplomatic efforts. This call comes in response to North Korea's launch of multiple cruise missiles into the waters off its western coast earlier on Wednesday.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel, during a Wednesday briefing with VOA, expressed deep concern about the actions, describing them as incredibly dangerous. However, he refrained from disclosing the U.S. assessment of North Korea's intentions.

The most recent missile launch took place only a few days following Pyongyang's testing of a solid-fuel intermediate-range missile. This missile was equipped with a hypersonic warhead and was launched into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

"We hold no hostile intentions towards the DPRK and remain open to diplomacy without preconditions," Patel emphasized. The reference here is to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un strongly condemned South Korea, characterizing inter-Korean relations as a connection between "two states in mutual hostility."

Reports based on satellite imagery indicate that a significant monument in Pyongyang, symbolizing the aspiration for reconciliation with South Korea, has been demolished.

Fill in some In a photo dated September 11, 2018, the Arch of Reunification, a monument symbolizing hope for the reunification of the two Koreas in Pyongyang, North Korea, is depicted. However, satellite images taken by Planet Labs on January 23, 2024, suggest that the monument is no longer present.text

In the preceding month, Kim characterized South Korea as a "primary adversary and unwavering principal enemy," asserting that the prospect of reunification with South Korea was no longer viable.

Some analysts perceive this position as a deviation from North Korea's traditional goal of bringing about reunification of the Korean Peninsula under its authority.

Pyongyang persistently disregards Washington's invitations for dialogue and maintains reluctance to engage in negotiations with Seoul.