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Moon: There will not be a war

SEOUL (AFP) – There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday despite high tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

“All South Koreans have worked so hard together to rebuild the country from the ruins of the Korean War,” Moon told a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.

“I will prevent war at all cost,” he added. “So I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war.”

President Moon said he is also considering sending a special envoy to Pyongyang.

On Tuesday, during a televised anniversary speech, the president said there will be no military action upon the Korean peninsula without Seoul’s consent and that the government would prevent war by all means.