The emergency meeting of the NSC standing committee went on for two hours starting at 3 pm Thursday afternoon, with National Security Office chief Chung Ui Yong chairing the event and top security-related officials including the Defense Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, and the chief of the National Intelligence Service also joining.
According to the Blue House spokesperson, it served as the NSC's regular gathering, but because of the serious situation on the Korean Peninsula, the meeting took longer than usual and included an in-depth discussion.
"The standing committee collectively acknowledged the need for a stringent state of security in the region due to Pyongyang's recent continual provocations, and urged North Korea to immediately stop taking actions that are raising tensions."
The Blue House said the committee also decided to seek all measures to cooperate with the U.S. and other key countries to alleviate those tensions and bring peace to the Peninsula, reiterating that neither military escalation nor an armed conflict will benefit anyone.
Also, they will actively use diplomacy to keep a door open for dialogue and fundamentally resolve the problem.
The meeting was called after North Korea earlier this week declared that it will quote "seriously" examine an "enveloping strike" of Guam with four of its missiles, and will finalize a plan to do that by mid-August.
The Blue House initially said it would not have held an NSC meeting just because of rhetoric but decided to convene the standing committee for now to analyze North Korea's military movements and the objective of the regime's threats.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.