President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that the missile that North Korea test-fired on Tuesday appears to be close to an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM).
Presidential Spokesman Park Soo-hyun told reporters that Moon made the remark when he sat down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Moon told Merkel that South Korean and U.S. experts had predicted the North's development of an ICBM would be possible after two or more years.
Moon went on to say that though the latest North Korean missile traveled a longer distance, it is still unclear whether it secured accuracy or is capable of carrying a warhead. He said though it's uncertain if the North can achieve this ability in two or three years, one thing for certain is that, at this rate, the situation surrounding the North's missile development is serious and Washington probably shares the same view.
Moon said that the current status of the North's nuclear weapons and missiles is a problem but what is more alarming is that their development is coming at a much faster speed than expected. Moon unveiled intentions to discuss the matter with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their summit scheduled for Thursday and with U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an upcoming three-way dinner.
When Merkel told Moon that she plans to speak with Trump about her concern that a rushed response to the North's missile launch could easily lead to a dangerous situation, the South Korean president replied that he shares the same worry.
He said though the international community should add more pressure on North Korea as Pyongyang has raised the level of its provocations, sanctions and pressure should become a means to bring the North to the negotiating table for its complete nuclear dismantlement without breaking peace.
Source: KBS World Radio