South Korea strongly condemned the missile launch, conducted by North Korean military on Friday. Commenting on the situation, President Moon Jae-in decisively marked that the dialog with the Communist regime is impossible, as quoted by Yonhap news agency.
‘Flouting the international community's condemnations and warnings and the U.N. Security Council resolution, North Korea again fired a ballistic missile. I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North. Dialogue is impossible in a situation like this; international sanctions and pressure will further tighten to force North Korea to choose no other option but to step forward on the path to genuine dialogue,’ the South Korean leader said as quoted.
Moon added his country would strengthen its defensive capability so as to timely react to the increasing threats of nuclear and missile attacks. ‘In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy (the North) and make it unable to recover,’ he said. ‘I hope the people will trust the government's determination and efforts and go about their lives.’
Seoul expects more provocations from Pyongyang, Moon concluded.
Earlier today, the North Korean government ordered the launch of ballistic missile. According to the Japanese government, it flew over Hokkaido island and fell in the sea about 2,000 kilometers away from Cape Erimo. The South Korean government added that the missile covered the distance of 3,700 kilometers, reaching the altitude of 770 kilometers.
According to NHK, the deadly device flew over Hokkaido at about 7 a.m. (1 a.m. Kyiv time); no casualties were reported as the missile fell in the sea.
The South Korean military immediately replied by launching their own ballistic missile.
The UN Security Council calls an urgent meeting due to the missile launch performed by the North Korea.