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S. Korea Cautious of Possible US Action on N. Korea


2017-04-11 11:42

Anchor: Amid concerns over possible North Korean provocations and a U.S. military response, Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn urged the government and the public to remain cool-headed. As Hwang called for composure in dealing with the North,

Seoul's Unification Minister expressed his opposition to a possible U.S. military strike on North Korea. He said its impact on South Korea must be considered.

Kim In-kyung has more.

Report: In a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn noted that North Korea could carry out an additional nuclear test or other provocations this month to mark various anniversaries.

While pointing to uncertainties surrounding the U.S. military strike against Syria and the ensuing tension between world powers, Hwang said that the government and the Korean public must remain realistic to the situation for effective responses.

Hwang's call for composure comes amid rising speculations on social media of a possible U.S. attack on North Korea.

In a media conference on Monday, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo also expressed concerns about the possible military move.

Hong said Seoul will have to consult with Washington about a preemptive strike, saying that although an attack would be aimed at resolving the regime's nuclear threat, South Korea must consider its possible ramifications.

While pointing to concerns over the possible collateral damage in the South, Hong said Seoul cannot see eye to eye with Washington's every military decision regarding the North. However he emphasized that Seoul will continue its coordination with Washington on North Korean matters.

The concerns of possible North Korean provocations have led to the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier led strike group to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.

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