Korea to halt all provocations, says door for dialogue still open

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Chung Eui-yong convened a two-hour meeting of the standing committee of the National Security Council (NSC) at 3 pm KST.

A North Korean Army spokesman earlier on Tuesday said the military was examining an operational plan for an enveloping missile strike at areas around Guam with its intermediate-range ballistic missiles Hwasong-12.

The government of South Korea said it will seek all methods possible to resolving tensions with the cooperation of other countries.

Park said the standing committee had said that "heightened military tensions and armed conflict on the Korean peninsula do not help any country".

Chung Eui-yong (L), chief of the Presidential National Security Office and chairman of the National Security Council standing committee, sits tight-lipped in a weekly meeting of top presidential aides held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on August 10, 2017.

".The possibility of a non-diplomatic based event, outright war or intercontinental ballistic missile launches resulting from North Korean tensions is finally being reflected in the South Korean market".

Park also said President Moon Jae-in has been "making every effort to protect the lives, safety, and property of the people and national security", in response to concerns about the President's non-attendance at the NSC standing committee.

Meanwhile, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday that the South Korean military had "sternly warned" Pyongyang.

The remarks followed North Korea's warning of preemptive missile strikes against the USA military base of Guam in response to two United States strategic bombers sent on Tuesday to South Korea.

"When managing both a chronic and an acute challenge such as those posed by North Korea, the South Korean government needs someone on the scene who can provide tight alliance consultation on the ground and 24/7", Patrick Cronin, an Asia scholar and Republican at the Center for a New American Security, an influential bipartisan think tank, told BuzzFeed News.

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