August 12, 2019 13:05
Security-related ministers met at Cheong Wa Dae on Saturday to discuss a response to the latest series of North Korean short-range missile launches, but President Moon Jae-in was conspicuously absent again.
Moon has been keeping silent since the missile provocations started on July 25 even when North Korea harshly criticized Cheong Wa Dae the following day.
Cheong Wa Dae in a statement said the South did not spot "any unusual military maneuvers targeting South Korea." It added that the missile tests seemed "a show of protest" against joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that started Sunday as well as to "test a new short-range projectile."
A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "Despite the recent series of provocations, it is unlikely for North Korea to stop engaging in talks."
Opposition party lawmakers said Moon's nonchalance was tantamount to giving North Korea the green light to continue missile provocations. They added his failure to chair a security meeting was an attempt to "downplay" the North's provocations.
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