South Korea says engagement with North possible only with strength

South Korean President Moon Jae In looks on, during an interview with Reuters, at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea on June 22, 2017.
South Korean President Moon Jae In looks on, during an interview with Reuters, at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea on June 22, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae In said on Friday (June 23) engagement with North Korea would only be possible when the South has the security ability to overwhelm the North, the presidential office said in a media briefing.

Moon made the comments during a visit to the state-run Agency for Defence Development, where he watched a test-firing of an indigenously developed ballistic missile, hours after US officials said North Korea has carried out a test of a rocket engine that they believe could be for an intercontinental ballistic missile.