S.Korean president to meet opposition party leaders to discuss security issues

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/26 14:11:18

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold a meeting with opposition party leaders on Wednesday to discuss security issues amid rising geopolitical tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the presidential Blue House said Tuesday.

The meeting will be held Wednesday evening in the presidential complex, with chiefs of the ruling Democratic Party, the centrist People's Party, the minor conservative Righteous Party and the minor liberal Justice Party in attendance.

Head of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party refused to join the meeting.

Jun Byung-hun, a senior presidential secretary for political affairs, told reporters that the main issues to be discussed would be about security and bi-partisan countermeasures amid grave security situations on the peninsula.

He urged the Liberty Korea Party chief to attend the Blue House meeting, saying ruling and opposition parties must not be divided in dealing with security issues.

The special meeting comes amid the rising tension on the peninsula, which is escalated by the resumed war of rhetoric between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

US President Donald Trump said in his debut speech to the United Nations last week that his country would have no choice but to "totally destroy" the DPRK if Pyongyang continues threat on the United States and its allies.

In response to the Trump's UN speech, top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, which warned Washington of "the highest-level hardline countermeasure in history."

US strategic bombers from the Pacific island of Guam and F-15C fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan flew Saturday in international airspace over waters off the east coast of the DPRK, causing strong backlash from Pyongyang.

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