South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Stung by the Kim Jong-un regime’s firing of another ballistic missile over Japan just hours after his offer of humanitarian aid, South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared Friday that dialogue with North Korea is impossible — and warned that the South has the power to destroy it beyond recovery.

Korea JoongAng Daily reports that Moon held a National Security Council meeting at 8 a.m. and condemned the North’s latest provocation. “Under this circumstance, talks are impossible,” Moon said.

“To force the North to come onto the path of dialogue, the international community’s sanctions and pressures will become far more suffocating.”

JoongAng says Moon warned the North that it will never be able to get back on its feet if it attacks the South.

“We have the power to destroy the North beyond recovery if it provokes the South and our allies,” he said, promising that the government will defend the country with its own military power as well as combined defense capabilities with the United States.

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