South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was elected last month on a platform of a more moderate approach to Pyongyang including dialogue to ease tension, inspected the test-launch of a ballistic missile today that is being developed by the south’s military.

An engagement with the north would only be possible when the south has the security ability to overwhelm them, the presidential office quoted moon as he visited the state-run agency for Defence development.

Moon’s office did not disclose the details of the missile being tested, but South Korea has been working to develop ballistic missiles with a range of 800 kilometers, a voluntary cap under an agreement with the United States.

The United States has tried for years to discourage South Korea from developing longer-range ballistic missiles in keeping with the missile technology control regime, a voluntary international arms-control pact.

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