Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has indicated a shift in South Korea's policy toward North Korea following an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM) launch by the North.
The prime minister said on a current affairs radio program on Thursday that Pyongyang's claim of a successful ICBM launch has changed the situation gravely.
Lee said that the U.S. president's support for South Korea's leading role in inter-Korean affairs doesn't mean that Seoul can take the initiative in addressing the North Korean nuclear problem. He explained that the North Korean nuclear development is already a global issue and the U.S. will continue to lead international efforts to resolve it.
The prime minister, however, stressed that it is necessary to keep working to restart dialogue with Pyongyang while placing stronger pressure on the regime in collaboration with the international community. He called for a strategy that persuades the North to understand the need for dialogue and the fatal consequences its nuclear pursuit could cause.
Source: KBS World Radio