South Korea's President Moon Jae-in visited on Wednesday the Ministry of National Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was briefed on the current military situation in the country.
Moon pointed out that his visit comes early in his presidency as tensions have drastically escalated on the Korean peninsula due to North Korea's continuous provocations.
"It's been only a week since my inauguration, and I am visiting the defense ministry and the JCS because the security of the nation has become urgent. North Korea's nuclear and missile threats have rapidly developed as of recent, and they are now a reality."
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President Moon condemned the regime's intermediate ballistic missile launch early this week and vowed to deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions.
""The recent ballistic missile test by Pyongyang is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a challenge to the peace and stability of the world. We will never tolerate such North Korean provocations and nuclear threats. I will work with the international community to strongly handle the situation."
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President Moon urged his troops to maintain strong readiness against further provocations and fully counter any threats from the North.
The president also reaffirmed his campaign pledge to expand the country's defense budget and modernize its weapons systems.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.