South Korea Warns Pyongyang: Rocket Launch Would Be ‘Catastrophic’ for Diplomacy reports: “South Korea issued an unusually stern warning to North Korea on Tuesday as a national security adviser to President Moon Jae-in said it would be a ‘big disaster’ and ‘catastrophic’ to diplomacy if Pyongyang conducted another provocative missile test to gain leverage in negotiations.

Retired professor Moon Chung-in made these remarks at a panel discussion in Seoul, where he also criticized the United States for making ‘excessive demands’ and adopting an ‘all-or-nothing’ strategy to force North Korea to fully denuclearize before sanctions relief is granted.

‘The United States made excessive demands on North Korea to reach a big deal, whereas Chairman Kim was overconfident that he could persuade Trump to get what he wants for closing down the Yongbyon main nuclear complex,’ Moon said, referring to the collapse of talks in Hanoi between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Moon said a speech given by American envoy Stephen Biegun before the second Trump-Kim summit gave him the ‘strong impression’ that America would pursue a ‘realistic’ strategy of offering incremental incentives as rewards for positive steps by North Korea, but ‘at the summit, they actually took an all-or-nothing position.’…”

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