- Title: South Korea's military says North Koreaâ€™s threat is a serious challenge
- Date: 10th August 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 10, 2017) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREA'S CHIEF OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF (JCS), ROH JAE-CHEON, WALKING INTO NEWS BRIEFING ROOM JOURNALISTS AT NEWS BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S CHIEF OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF (JCS), ROH JAE-CHEON, SAYING: "North Korea's ludicrous statements regarding striking the U.S. territory of Guam, pre-emptive retaliatory operation, and turning Seoul into a sea of fire are a serious challenge against our military and the U.S.-South Korea alliance." JOURNALISTS AT NEWS BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S CHIEF OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS IN JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF (JCS), ROH JAE-CHEON, SAYING: "Our military gives a stern warning to this. If North Korea conducts provocation in defiance of our military's grave warning, it will confront the strong and firm response of our military and the U.S.-South Korea alliance." SOUTH KOREA'S DEFENCE MINISTRY OFFICIALS SEATED SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE MINISTRY'S DEPUTY SPOKESMAN, LEE JIN-WOO, WALKING TOWARD PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE MINISTRY'S DEPUTY SPOKESMAN, LEE JIN-WOO, SAYING: "We believe they have reached a considerable level, considering the time the other nuclear developing countries spent achieving miniaturisation (of a nuclear warhead), which is usually 10 years after their first nuclear test. But it's hard to predict when they will be able to load it onto a ballistic missile." NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 24th August 2017 03:43
- Keywords: South Korea Defence Ministry Joint Chief of Staff North Korea threat missile
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TKP747
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: South Korea's military said on Thursday (August 10) North Korea's recent statements regarding striking the U.S. territory of Guam are a challenge against Seoul and the U.S.-South Korea alliance.
Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told a news briefing South Korea was prepared to act immediately against any North Korean provocation, although the military had not spotted any unusual action in the North indicating provocation.
The military also said that they believe North Korea has reached a considerable level of miniaturising a nuclear warhead, but it's hard to predict when they will be able to load it onto ballistic missile.
Earlier in the day, North Korea dismissed warnings by U.S. President Donald Trump that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States as a "load of nonsense", and outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near the Pacific territory of Guam.
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