February 21, 2024

Lee Jae-myung urges rival to retract support for North Korea ‘preemptive strike’

Progressive presidential candidate characterizes remarks as reckless, calls DPRK’s latest missile test a ‘provocation’

Progressive South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung on Wednesday urged his conservative opponent to retract his support for a “preemptive strike” in the event of a pending North Korean hypersonic missile attack, describing Yoon Suk-yeol’s comments as reckless and dangerous.

Yoon of the People Power Party (PPP) suggested the idea the previous day in response to a question about North Korea’s latest test of a hypersonic missile that could potentially thwart conventional missile defenses with its high speed and maneuverability.