North Korea last weekend conducted a missile test for the first time during President Joe Biden’s administration. Senior administration officials said Tuesday evening that they were monitoring the situation, but stressed that the actions represented a low-level provocation.
Pyongyang fired at least one missile, but senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity would not elaborate on what type of weapon was launched, the location of the test, nor its success rate.
At a briefing on Tuesday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby declined to comment on the missile launch.
The missile test comes as Pyongyang ignores invitations from Washington to discuss denuclearization and as larger joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises on the peninsula resume.
“We are under no illusions about the difficulty this task presents to us. We have a long history of disappointment in diplomacy with North Korea. It’s defied expectations of Republican and Democratic administrations alike,” a senior administration official said.
The official also said that Washington consulted with former Trump administration officials in order to gain additional insight on North Korea.