S .Korea ex­pects provoca­tive acts:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

South Korea ex­pects more provoca­tive acts by North Korea next month, to co­in­cide with the an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the North Korean com­mu­nist party and China’s all-im­por­tant Com­mu­nist Party Congress.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in on Thursday, na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Chung Eui-yong said he ex­pected Py­ongyang to act around Oct 10 and 18, but gave no de­tails.

The South Korean se­cu­rity ad­viser’s re­port also pointed to the risk that a mil­i­tary con­flict could by sparked by “ac­ci­den­tal in­ci­dents,” said Park Wan-ju, a law­maker and head spokesman of the rul­ing Demo­cratic Party.

“The pres­i­dent said the United States speaks of mil­i­tary and diplo­matic op­tions, but South Korea can’t go through war again,” said Park.

Ten­sion on the Korean penin­sula has risen in re­cent weeks as North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­changed war-like threats and in­sults over the North’s nu­clear and mis­sile de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

The North has ac­cused Trump of declar­ing war af­ter he warned Kim’s regime would not last if he per­sisted in threat­en­ing the United States and its al­lies, hav­ing ear­lier warned North Korea would be to­tally de­stroyed in such an event.

Asked if China had a plan to re­spond to an emer­gency in North Korea, such as se­cur­ing nu­clear and mis­sile sites, Chi­nese de­fence min­istry spokesman Wu Qian said, “Mil­i­tary means can­not be­come an op­tion,” and urged talks to re­solve the is­sue. (RTRS)

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