South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that there will be no military action upon the Korean peninsula without Seoul’s consent and that his administration will prevent war by all means.
“Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea and no one else can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea,” Moon said in a televised speech, Reuters reports.
“The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means,” Moon said.
He urged the North to come to the dialogue table, saying sanctions against Pyongyang aim only draw it out to talks.
“I call upon the North Korean government: without international cooperation and co-existence economic development is impossible,” said Moon.
“If you continue on this path there will only be international isolation and a dark future.”
Moon made the remarks during a speech to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Japanese military rule that began in 1910 and ended in 1945.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has increased in recent months over concern that North Korea is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland United States within range of a nuclear weapon.
North Korea and the US exchanged threats of military action last week, with Pyongyang saying it will develop a plan to fire missiles to land in waters near the US Pacific territory of Guam.
But the North’s state media reported on Tuesday that their leader Kim Jong-un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam.
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