Moon postpones dinner party for reporters after N. Korea’s missile launches

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in put off a dinner party with Cheong Wa Dae correspondents Friday, after North Korea fired a couple of apparent short-range missiles.

He had planned to hold the event at the presidential compound to commemorate his second inauguration anniversary.

Moon’s office earlier said he would make some casual opening remarks without any official Q&A session, as the event was intended to improve “informal communications” with reporters who cover Cheong Wa Dae.

Shortly after news of North Korea’s launch of the two projectiles Thursday, the Cheong Wa Dae press corps requested Moon postpone the dinner event in consideration of the grave security conditions, and he accepted the offer. A new schedule has not been set yet.

He had a separate, special interview with KBS, a local broadcast station, Thursday night, on the occasion of the anniversary.

He said South Korea and the United States regard the projectiles as “short-range missiles,” citing flight distances.

Fired from Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, one traveled around 420 kilometers and the other 270 km, and both splashed into the waters east of the peninsula.

If the projectiles turn out to be ballistic missiles, the launches could constitute a breach of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Moon added.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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