] South Korea will explore all measures to prevent North Korea from perfecting a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile, the unification minister said on Sept. 8.
Minister Cho Myoung-gyon also said that now is not the right time to seek talks with North Korea amid tensions sparked by its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday and speculation it could follow up with additional provocative acts soon.
“The government will explore every option for the policy goal of keeping North Korea from developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM,” Cho told reporters. “Seoul also seeks to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization peacefully.”
He said that Pyongyang seems to be aiming to complete its nuclear and missile programs before coming to the negotiation table.
“The government thinks that now is the time to focus on sanctions and pressure, not on dialogue with the North though Seoul basically believes that the issue should be solved with diplomatic efforts,” Cho said.
By Alex Lee and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org