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(LEAD) Moon orders show of 'overwhelming' force against N. Korean provocation

All Headlines 10:46 August 29, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with additional remarks, more details from 4th para)

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his country's military Tuesday to display its capabilities that can overwhelm North Korea should the communist state decide to attack, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The order came hours after Pyongyang launched what appeared to be intermediate range ballistic missiles that flew over Japan, according to Cheong Wa Dae officials.

The show of overwhelming force involved the dropping of eight Mark 84 or MK84 multipurpose bombs by four F15K fighter jets at a shooting range near the inter-Korean border in Taebaek, Yoon Young-chan, Moon's chief press secretary, told reporters.

The National Security Council (NSC) convened an emergency meeting following the North Korean missile launch shortly before 6 a.m.

"The NSC standing committee denounced North Korea for violating the U.N. Security Council resolutions by again launching ballistic missiles despite stern warnings," Yoon told a press briefing.

In a telephone conversation that also took place shortly after the latest North Korean missile provocation, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson agreed to push for additional sanctions by the U.N. Security Council, according to the Cheong Wa Dae official.

A Cheong Wa Dae official later said the U.S. was considering deploying "strategic" defense capabilities to South Korea without elaborating on what they might include.


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