Regarding North Korea’s announcement of the third launch of a military reconnaissance satellite on the 21st (local time), the President’s Office said, “Any matters agreed upon by North and South Korea in the Inter-Korean Relations Development Act will not take effect on part or all of the inter-Korean agreement if a serious reason, including national security, arises.” “There is a clause stating that it can be suspended,” he said. It is analyzed that this suggests the possibility of suspending the September 19 inter-Korean military agreement.
A high-ranking official from the President’s Office met with reporters at the local press center in London, England, and answered questions related to the possibility of suspending the September 19 military agreement if North Korea launches a satellite.
This official said, “We can take action depending on the contents of the clause,” and “In reality, it has not been decided what kind of provocation North Korea will launch, so depending on the content and scope of the provocation, we can take action regarding the contents of the September 19 inter-Korean agreement.” “We have to decide what measures are necessary,” he said.
This official said, “However, for a long time, North Korea has been unilaterally and consistently violating the September 19 Agreement itself,” adding, “We have been informing and explaining in detail to the public the problems with our security posture that this restricts.” He said.
He continued, “When there are new changes or movements in North Korea, we are always observing them in advance and discussing with our allies how to prepare for them.” “Regardless of the situation, there are plans in place for how the government will systematically respond and what kind of cooperation it will carry out with its allies and allies,” he said.
This official said, “Today, President Yoon Seok-yeol’s state visit schedule is tight, and a system is in place so that the President can receive reports at any time.” He added, “If necessary, we will review the standing committee of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by the President.” did. President Yoon has been on a state visit to the UK since the 20th. On this day, he will attend the official welcoming ceremony and state dinner hosted by King Charles III.