South Korea Monitoring North for Tensions

The South Korean government said Thursday it is closely monitoring the North’s latest moves as tensions escalate in the region after the North conducted four rounds of ballistic missile launches and two tests of what it claims to be a hypersonic missile this month.

“The government is closely monitoring the North’s latest moves with a sense of tension,” the South’s Ministry of Unification handling inter-Korean affairs said in a statement. 

“We will thoroughly prepare for possible deterioration of the situation while closely coordinating with other countries to keep the situation on the Korean Peninsula under stable control,” it said.

The South Korean government also emphasized that dialogue and diplomacy are the only keys to building peace on the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s threat to scrap a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

In a high-profile Politburo meeting with leader Kim Jong-un and members of the Worker’s Party on Wednesday, the group decided to restart  “all temporally-suspended” activities to brace for a “long-term confrontation” with the United States.

“The hostile policy and military threat by the U.S. have reached a danger line that cannot be overlooked anymore,” the group said according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). 

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