|South Korean President Moon Jae-in|
SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday his administration will, through strong pressure, leave North Korea with no choice but to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.
He described the North's threats as the "most serious and urgent security issue in this region at the current moment" while delivering a video message for the opening of the 10th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (PACC) in Seoul.
"North Korea should realize that dialogue and cooperation, not nukes and missiles, are the only means to protect its security and guarantee a bright future," the president said.
He stressed that South Korea will seek "powerful punishment," based on international cooperation, against the North for its provocative acts and continued development of the weapons.
"By doing so, we will make North Korea have no other choice but to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles," Moon said.
In a keynote speech, meanwhile, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also urged Pyongyang to abide by international rules.
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