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Moon says N. Korea only has isolation to gain from missile launches

All Headlines 16:12 June 08, 2017

SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in launched a strong warning against North Korea Thursday, saying the communist state will only get further isolation and international sanctions from its missile provocations.

The remarks came hours after the North fired what appeared to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles from its east coast.

The short-range missiles apparently held no immediate threat to South Korean and U.S. forces here, but they marked the North's fifth missile or rocket launch since the Moon Jae-in administration came into office on May 10.

"The only things North Korea can gain from these provocations are economic isolation and economic difficulties," the president was quoted as saying in the first National Security Council meeting he chaired since his inauguration.

"They will lose their opportunities for development," he added, according to Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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