Summary of inter-Korean news this week

SEOUL, May 06 (Yonhap) — Here is a summary of this week’s inter-Korean news.

(LEAD) Transition team strongly condemns North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

SEOUL — President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition team on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, saying the new government would react harshly to any provocation.

The warning came hours after North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea days before Yoon’s May 10 inauguration. The launch was the North’s 14th show of force this year and came amid fears the regime was staging an intercontinental ballistic missile. or nuclear test.

(LEAD) NSC ‘strongly condemns’ North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

SEOUL – The presidential National Security Council (NSC) said on Wednesday it “strongly condemns” North Korea’s ballistic missile launch, calling it a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Following an emergency meeting held shortly after North Korea fired the missile towards the East Sea, the NSC called on Pyongyang to end actions that pose a serious threat to the peninsula Korean and international society.

(2nd LD) Appointed defense chief promises stronger alliance and deterrence against NK threats

SEOUL — South Korea’s defense minister appointed on Wednesday pledged efforts to cement “cohesion” in the country’s alliance with the United States and strengthen deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

At a parliamentary confirmation hearing, Lee Jong-sup, a former three-star general in the army, outlined his vision of a “robust national defense and a solid army based on science and technology” to respond proactively to “threats from all directions”.

File unveils historic moment of first inter-Korean talks in early 1970s

SEOUL — South Korea’s government on Wednesday released newly declassified documents on its first-ever official meeting with North Korea since the division of the peninsula and other cross-border exchanges in the early 1970s, offering a glimpse into the beginning of a new chapter in tumultuous inter-Korean relations.

The file included a transcript of a three-minute conversation between the South Korean Red Cross envoy and his North Korean counterpart at the truce village of Panmunjom on August 20, 1971 when the two divided Koreas first met. right after the 1945 liberation from colonial rule by Japan.

(LEAD) Designated Chief of Defense Says North Korea Could Conduct Normal-Angle ICBM Launch

SEOUL — South Korean defense minister candidate Lee Jong-sup on Tuesday raised the possibility of North Korea testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a standard angle to prove its atmospheric re-entry technology .

In a written response to a lawmaker’s question, Lee said the North may conduct another test of the Hwasong-17 ICBM to verify the technology required to ensure the missile’s warhead can withstand extremely high temperatures. upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

The new government calls for the complete denuclearization of North Korea and strengthens its defense capacity

SEOUL – The new Yoon Suk-yeol government will seek the “complete and verifiable” denuclearization of North Korea and a “groundbreaking” boost to South Korea’s ability to respond to nuclear and missile threats from the North, said announced the transition team on Tuesday.

The committee set out 110 key policy tasks to be pursued under the Yoon government, including 18 foreign policy and national security tasks under the overarching goal of achieving “a world-leading nation that contributes to freedom, peace and prosperity”.

S. Korea analyzes former NK nuclear envoy’s return to public view

SEOUL — South Korea’s unification ministry said on Monday it was analyzing the background and other details of the first public appearance of Kim Kye-gwan, a well-known North Korean figure who has long led talks on denuclearization of the country, in more than two years.

Kim, the North’s former deputy foreign minister and chief envoy to the now-defunct Six-Party Talks over its nuclear program, was spotted shaking hands and whispering to regime leader Kim Jong-un during a follow-up event to a military parade marking the 90th anniversary of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army. The scene was made public in video footage broadcast on Saturday by Korean Central Television.

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