Korea crisis: Moon alarmed at 'high possibility' of clash

May 17, 2017, 7:58 AM EDT
S. Korea's President Moon Jae-in is known for his relatively moderate approach towards the North.
(Source: Republic of Korea/flickr)

Hours after saying that Seoul is open for a dialogue with North Korea, the South’s newly-elected President Moon Jae-in admitted that there is a “high possibility” of conflict in the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang rushes unabated with its nuclear and missile development programs.

Moon, known for his relatively moderate approach towards North Korea, seeks to tackle the reclusive neighbor with a two-track policy that involves simultaneous talks and sanctions, writes Reuters.

South Korea’s “softer position” comes as a surprise for many as the North conducted yet another ballistic missile test on Sunday, defying all Security Council resolutions, notes Al Jazeera.