1. South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck arriving for briefing
2. Wide of briefing
3. Journalists at briefing
4. Cho at lectern
5. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Cho June-hyuck, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman:
"First of all, our government respects the decision made by the British citizens. Our government is paying close attention to the local and global impacts of Britain's decision to leave the EU, as well as the impact on our bilateral relations. Since it will take about two years for negotiations with the EU even after the country officially notifies the European Union of its withdrawal, the South Korean government will cope (with Brexit) by monitoring the state of negotiations between the UK and EU and will meticulously analyse the short, mid and long-term impacts (of Brexit) on politics and the economy during the period (of negotiations)."
6. Journalists at briefing
7. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Cho June-hyuck, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman:
"The joint statement (announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin after the bilateral talks) includes the part saying the two countries sternly oppose North Korea's nuclear and missile development. Our government welcomes the joint statement. Also, we welcome that China and Russia publicly promised at a summit level to fully implement the Security Council Resolution 2270."
8. Journalists at briefing
9. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Cho June-hyuck, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman:
"(As for China and Russia's position on THAAD which was stated in the same joint statement,) our government's stance is that we are considering the deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defence) at US Forces in Korea for the pure purpose of protecting lives and the safety of our citizens and national security from Pyongyang's threats, amidst the situation in which North Korea continues to heighten its overall nuclear missile capabilities as can be seen from the North's Musudan missile launch on June 22nd."
South Korea said on Tuesday that it respects the decision made by British citizens for the UK to leave the European Union.
South Korean foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck made the comments at a regular ministry briefing, adding that Seoul will be monitoring closely the impact of the referendum result on a local and global level.
Cho also commented on a joint statement released by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their bilateral talks on Saturday, in which the two countries clarified their strong opposition to North Korea's nuclear and missile development, saying it was welcomed by South Korea.
As for China and Russia's opposition to the US deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defence) to South Korea, Cho said that Seoul was considering THAAD deployment only for the purpose of protecting the lives and safety of its people.