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S. Korea plays down possibility of pre-emptive U.S. attack on N. Korea

All Headlines 11:59 April 10, 2017

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea played down the possibility of a pre-emptive U.S. attack on North Korea on Monday, saying it wants to settle North Korea's nuclear issue peacefully, and the U.S. supports that position.

"There's no need to be worried much," Lee Duck-hang, spokesman at the Ministry of Unification, said on the prospect of any pre-emptive U.S. attack on Pyongyang during a press briefing.

"The U.S. has said it supports South Korea's policy on North Korea, and our government intends to solve all the problems peacefully," Lee said.

"It is important to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula by resolving the issues of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles wisely," the spokesman noted, adding that the government will consult closely with the U.S. and other neighbors to that end.

With the inauguration of the Donald Trump administration in the U.S. this year, the possibility of a pre-emptive attack on the North has been suggested as a way to rein in North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile programs.

The South Korean spokesman said the government's current policy of focusing on sanctions and pressure against North Korea is part of a broader process to use dialogue in solving the North Korean issues.

"It is not meant to result in the possibility of military tension and confrontation," he noted.

Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Duck-hang (Yonhap)

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