South Korea President Threatens To Destroy North "Beyond Recovery", Warns Of Accidental War

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Following the latest ballistic missile launch from North Korea, South Korea's president Moon Jae-in warned that further provocations could result in the complete destruction "beyond recovery" of the northern neighbor. He also repeated tjat the possibility of opening a dialogue with the belligerent North is now gone.

“In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy (the North) beyond recovery,” the South Korean leader said on Friday according to Yonhap

Seoul immediately convened a National Security Council meeting following the latest launch by North Korea, in which Moon condemned the missile test, saying the North had once again breached United Nations Security Council resolutions and “poses a grave challenge to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the global community,” according to RT’s Ruptly news agency.

“I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North,” Moon was quoted as saying.

The South Korean president also said that dialogue between the South and the North is currently impossible and called for greater pressure on the North. “Dialogue is impossible in a situation like this,” Moon said.

“International sanctions and pressure will further tighten to force North Korea to choose no other option but to step forward on the path to genuine dialogue.”

South Korea also should be prepared to new types of threats from the North, including biological ones and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons, Yonhap reports citing presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun. Even as Seoul still wants to wants use diplomatic means to solve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and put an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, it has been pushing for cooperation with the US in the defense sphere. President Moon called for an early revision of the agreement with US President Donald Trump, allowing the deployment of heavier warheads on South Korean missiles.

Moon had been alerted in advance of the latest launch and ordered to conduct military drills after the North had fired the missile. South Korea fired two Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missiles just six minutes after the North Korean missile launch, while the North’s projectile was still flying, according to Yonhap.

One of the missiles failed “in the initial stage” and the other flew some 250km and “accurately hit” a simulated target in the East Sea (as the Koreas prefer to name the Sea of Japan), the South Korean military said, as cited by the agency.

Separately, speaking to Japan's Prime Minister Dhinzo Abe, President Moon suggested the two countries refrain from overreacting to North Korean provocations to avoid any accidental conflict, Moon’s office said in a text message according to Bloomberg. 

Moon says he "completely agrees" with Abe to firmly respond to North Korean threats but two countries should cooperate to manage situation in a stable way to avoid "a possible accidental conflict."

Abe raised issue with timing of South Korean govt’s plan to provide humanitarian aid to the North through international bodies to which Moon responded that the plan follows international organizations’ request to help pregnant women and children in North Korea and decision should be free from political considerations. Moon said, however, that South Korea will consider timing of aid given North Korea’s continued provocations and will ensure goods provided will be used to meet intended purposes

An official response from the international community is expected later today: the U.N. Security Council will meet later in the day to discuss the launch at the request of the United States and Japan, diplomats said according to Reuters.  U.S. officials repeated Washington’s “ironclad” commitments to the defense of its allies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for “new measures” against North Korea and said the “continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation”.

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SloMoe's picture

Futures flat. WWIII. Nothing to see here....

The Alarmist's picture

It's on like Donky Kong when SK shows NK the Moon!

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

this does not affect SK stocks like SAMSUNG...


at all

YUNOSELL's picture

By accidental war I am guessing they mean back-and-forth sabre rattling continually escalating tensions until finally one of them crosses the line and the point of no return?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


“I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North,” Moon was quoted as saying.

“Dialogue is impossible in a situation like this,” Moon said.

“International sanctions and pressure will further tighten to force North Korea to choose no other option but to step forward on the path to genuine dialogue.”

Looks like President Moon has been studying ventriloquism. His mouth is moving but the words being spoken are those of his controller.

An honest translation in his own voice would be, "we're being forced by the US to stick with sanctions which have proven worthless and we're not being allowed to consider any dialogue with the DPRK."

French Bloke's picture

I'm sorry, I must have missed something in this whole (un)drama. How is testing anything a threat to anyone? The JooSA test weapons all the time and are obviously no threat to anyone....

Just sayin'......

07564111's picture

LoL it's the last thing both will see in that case. SK and Japan will do nothing.

Caloot's picture

The only people with any right to a war with NK.   

yogibear's picture

Russia or NK would have to nuke the NY Federal Reserve for stocks to drop.

BarkingCat's picture

Or SillyCone Valley, with the blast directly above Google HQ

Cash2Riches's picture

Nothing to see here, move along. WWIII could just begin because of this, meanwhile the markets just continue to whistle along, having a jolly old time. There is a reason why gold and silver are ringing the alarm bell.

Vinividivinci's picture

You have "the power" but do you have the guts ?!

researchfix's picture

So SK has a Dear Leader too? Now nothing can go wrong.

quadraspleen's picture

KNowing what we know about Moon Jae-In, that doesn't sound like something he would have said at all. He's a dyed in the wool peace campaigner. Someone has some brownstone op info on him, or a gun up his back

AG17's picture

They just need to launch one missile to fly over NK. Tit for Tat.

Grow some spine Moon-Abe.

07564111's picture

Look ! it's Pindotard :D :D. Flying a missile over NK puts in Chinese Territory you dimwit. ;)

gaoptimize's picture

...or Russia's far east.

gcjohns1971's picture

Geographically challenged.

Exactly why couldn't they launch from a submarine in the East China Sea?

chubbar's picture

I wonder what would happen if the world just ignored what that little twerp in NOK does? Would he tire of being ignored and actually attack someone or would he just go back to the business of being an asshole to his own people?

BrownCoat's picture

Funny how US naval vessels get rammed only in the Pacific. Iran tries without success. US body count at least 10.

It would be hard to get an accurate read on what is really going on in China's expanded territorial claim of the South China Sea and East China Sea.

NK is acting in concert with China. The bellicose nature of FatBoy is certain congruent with the way China does its foreign policy.

buzzsaw99's picture

that's a nice launch pad you have.  it would be a shame if anything happened to it.

NoWayJose's picture

Trump needs to be more specific to China about the consequences of missile launches: not just Yuuuuge response!!! Maybe next launch means the US sends more weapons to Taiwan, launch after that gets US and Phillipine war games in the South China Sea. Any launch over 250 miles gets nukes in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea - or trade sanctions/tariffs on Chinese goods. Etc, etc.

Start small - but follow through on each one. Thus if China knows it will cause their own country to be surrounded by nukes, they might actually do something.

The Alarmist's picture

That works right up to the point where our vassals decide to become their vassals.

Déjà view's picture

Trump should ask Chicom...which has more value U.S. or DPRK consumer market...

armageddon addahere's picture

Chicom ask Trump what happen to America if China stop shipping cheap junk to Walmart.

buzzsaw99's picture

1) nuke arm japan to guard against chinese and russian nuclear reprisal.

2) bomb nork launch pads.

3) profit.

RSDallas's picture

Japan launched 2 missiles within 6 minutes after the North Korean launch.......  We are getting closer and closer.

BrownCoat's picture

@ RSDallas,

You mean South Korea - not Japan.

"One of the missiles failed “in the initial stage” and the other flew some 250km and “accurately hit” a simulated target in the East Sea (as the Koreas prefer to name the Sea of Japan), the South Korean military said, as cited by the agency."

The warmongers should note that the technology does not yet work!  THAAD is not a complete solution yet.

44_shooter's picture

They didn't say what missiles system was launched.

RawPawg's picture

This has all the makings of a False Flag event


JPMorgan's picture

Hmmm yes the west might well be thinking they need a spark / escalation to get this war going at this point.

Grimaldus's picture

So what part of NK shooting at Japan did you miss?

Nobody is shooting at NK.

China wants war and is pulling the strings here.









Winston Churchill's picture

By your thinking airspace goes up forever ?

It doesn't if you bothered to check, otherwise satellites would be shot down every day.

Bay Area Guy's picture

I love the rhetoric that gets bandied about by the two Koreas.  I thought Lil Kim and his PR people were the best, but these South Koreans have pretty good game as well.

shimmy's picture

I like him saying that as though they can actually do anything rather than it's just them relying on the U.S. to protect them. Reminds me of a little kid who may go around talking shit to other kids because he has a big buddy standing behind him.

"“International sanctions and pressure will further tighten to force North Korea to choose no other option but to step forward on the path to genuine dialogue.”"

Riiiiight. Sanctions have repeatedly been shown to do the exact opposite but sure, this time will be different. 

Nice to see South Korea is yet another country with a clown for its leader. That makes most of them in the world. 

gcjohns1971's picture

They can, Shimmy.

They can.

That's why almost all of the combat troops were removed from Korea.  

If you examine you will see that what remains is symbolic, and headquarters.    They remained at ROK request to symbolize the mutual defense treaty (1 of 4 that US has: NATO, ROK, JAPAN, and "Brazil Treaty").

NK threatens half of US mutual defense treaties.  This is China-Russia trying to expose that US military has become "hollow" over 16 years of war.

They might be disappointed that so much capability , if not numbers, remain.

ironmace's picture

All these missiles in the water. Litterbugs.

directaction's picture

If South Korea keeps talking like that the USA might have to bomb them. 

The Alarmist's picture

If they keep talking like that, DJT and the Generals are going to cream their shorts, assuming that they don't go commando.

GodHelpAmerica's picture

In all seriousness how are South Koreans and Japanese going about their lives with any sort of normality while large missiles launched by a hostile nation are regularly flying over head?

Could you imagine such a situation in the states? It would be chaos...

buzzsaw99's picture

i wonder how china would like it if we did that to them.  better still, launch shit over china & nork from japan and taiwan.

TheSilentMajority's picture


I suppose its the new normal to fire missles across anyones country.


A82EBA's picture

are the nk mortar locations known? if my neighbor fires rifle over my house hes getting wasted. wtf is japan waiting for a repeat?

researchfix's picture

"are the nk mortar locations known?"

Yes, all 18 thousand.

brushhog's picture

I love the way these guys threaten each other..."We will make for impossible comfort on our enemies"...."To attack us makes for certain death", etc. Its like a threat from a fortune cookie.

indygo55's picture

They speak Korean that is translated into english. 

johnjkiii's picture

Amazing how well the hangmans noose focuses one's attention. This is the same prick that told us to shove our missile defense system a few months ago. He was sure he was going to be able make nice with the nutter in PongYang. Now he's a war monger. LOL.