President Moon Jae-in's national security adviser will cut his trip to Germany short and return home earlier than scheduled.
In a telephone call with KBS on Thursday, a presidential official said that Chung Eui-yong will return home after accompanying the president to a trilateral summit dinner with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts on Thursday evening.
Chung is among Moon's entourage on a six-day official visit to the European country. His early return comes amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, following an intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea on Tuesday.
The adviser is expected to serve as a diplomatic and security control tower while the president is away from home, given the possibility of more North Korean provocations and the urgency of the situation, as demonstrated by an emergency UN Security Council convened to address the ICBM launch
Source: KBS World Radio