October 01, 2019 11:02
The National Assembly in a full session on Monday passed a resolution condemning North Korea's recent missile provocations as a violation of the inter-Korean military pact signed in September 2018.
The resolution, which was adopted by agreement between the ruling and opposition parties, calls the North's recent tests of missiles and multiple rocket launchers a direct violation of the spirit of the military pact.
It denounces the North for military provocations aimed at perfecting nuclear weapons and missile technology and developing a submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles, and urges the regime to stop them immediately.
It also warns that the regime will be isolated internationally unless it conforms to the pact.
The resolution had been proposed by Minjoo Party lawmaker Ahn Gyu-back, the chairman of the National Assembly's Defense Committee, and was passed by the committee in August.
In the full house session, it was passed with a vote of 168:4 with eight abstentions.
Ostensibly, the resolution runs counter to the views of Cheong Wa Dae and the Defense Ministry, which have said that the North's latest tests of ballistic missiles and MRLs were not a violation of the pact because it does not specifically mention them.
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