South Korean President Moon Jae-In warns of military clashes with North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae—In warned Wednesday there was a 'high possibility' of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions

AFP May 17, 2017 14:05:26 IST
South Korean President Moon Jae-In warns of military clashes with North Korea

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae—In warned Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

South Korean President Moon JaeIn warns of military clashes with North Korea

Tensions between North and South Korea are at all-time low. AP

Moon, who was sworn in last week, warned that the North's nuclear and rocket programmes were "advancing rapidly", days after Pyongyang launched what appeared to be its longest—range missile yet.

"I will never tolerate the North's provocations and nuclear threats", he said on a visit to the defence ministry, urging the South's military to adopt a "watertight defence posture".

"We are living in the reality where there is a high possibility of military clashes" along the disputed sea border off the Koreas' west coast or along the heavily—fortified land frontier that divides them, he said.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation.

Left—leaning Moon favours engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, but after Sunday's missile launch said dialogue would be possible "only if Pyongyang changes its behaviour".

The North claimed the rocket was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, although there are doubts whether the country could build a warhead small enough to fit into a missile.

The two Koreas, technically still at war after the 1950—53 conflict ended only with a ceasefire, have occasionally clashed along the border.

The North's shelling in 2010 of the southern border island of Yeonpyeong killed four people in the first attack on civilians since the war, sparking brief fears of an all—out conflict.

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