Moon warns N Korea on nukes

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SEOUL: South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in said yes­ter­day that he would not take a sin­gle step back­ward with any provo­ca­tions by North Korea.

Moon’s com­ments fol­lowed Py­ongyang’s fifth mis­sile test-launch since he took of­fice about a month ear­lier. The pres­i­dent held his first ple­nary ses­sion of the na­tional se­cu­rity coun­cil, and said his gov­ern­ment would not make any com­pro­mise in de­fend­ing na­tional se­cu­rity and peo­ple’s safety.

Moon said the only thing North Korea can earn from the provo­ca­tion would be in­ter­na­tional iso­la­tion and eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease by the pres­i­den­tial Blue House.

The se­cu­rity meet­ing was called af­ter North Korea test-fired mul­ti­ple pro­jec­tiles be­lieved to be short-range ground-to-ship cruise mis­siles from the city of Won­san. Theyflew about 200km into North Korea’s eastern waters. Moon said he would sternly deal with any provo­ca­tion, while seek­ing to com­pletely dis­man­tle North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gramme by us­ing sanc­tions and di­a­logue with Py­ongyan. Xin­hua

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