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SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — The presidential National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday characterized North Korea’s latest missile launch as an “intermediate-range ballistic missile,” and the President Moon Jae-in called on North Korea to stop creating tension. and respond to international calls for dialogue.
Moon made the comments while presiding over an NSC plenary meeting for the first time in about a year, an indication of how seriously he takes the launch that represents the North’s seventh show of force this month alone.
Moon said North Korea’s latest launch was “a challenge to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, and the diplomatic efforts of the international community, as well as an act that violates the resolution.” of the UN Security Council,” according to the statement.
If North Korea were to fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile, it would be close to lifting its moratorium on long-range missiles and nuclear tests, Moon was quoted as saying.