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S.Korea condemns North Korea regime for 'standing out against its people'

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has condemned North Korea for defining the South as a hostile country.



By NHK

January 17, 2024


South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has condemned North Korea for defining the South as a hostile country.


At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Yoon referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's move to label South Korea as the "No.1 hostile country and invariable primary enemy.


" The stance is a shift from defining South Korea as a potential counterpart for reunification.


Yoon said the move shows that the North Korean regime stands against history and its own people.


He also referred to North Korea's firing of artillery shells into the Yellow Sea earlier this month and the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday. He noted that should the North provoke the South, the South will punish it "multiple times as hard."


Yoon added that peace earned by bowing to threats of provocation will only place his country's security in greater danger.


Yoon expressed his intention to provide support to help North Korean defectors settle in South Korea. He instructed the Unification Ministry to designate a special day for such defectors.




Source: nhk.or.jp

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