Chinese, S. Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

Elbert EdwardsMay 20, 2017

The North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programmes, even from its lone ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the USA mainland.

"No one is immune to the threat of North Korea", she told reporters before the emergency closed-door consultations by the UN Security Council on the North's weekend ballistic missile launch, which experts said demonstrated a significant technological jump with the rocket flying higher and for a longer period of time.

"And he said he looks forward to cooperating closely with President Moon in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue so as to produce an outcome", Hong said.

The new government in Seoul, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, has said it hopes to pursue both engagement with and pressure on North Korea, with new President Moon saying he would visit Pyongyang under "the right circumstances" at his inaugural address on May 10. -South Korea joint exercises, and that the drills should be suspended if North Korea agrees to end nuclear and missile provocations.

He added that North Korea was making "preparations against cruise missiles".

In an apparent fence-mending move, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In dispatched his envoy Lee Hae-Chan to China after his election victory last week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has campaigned on a more moderate approach toward North Korea but has said it must change its attitude to arms development before dialogue is possible. What would you think would happen if North Korea used a nuclear weapon against the United States?

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", said Lee.

North Korea recently made the headlines for testing its ballistic missile launch, leading many to believe that this might be a new strategy towards future dominance in the nation's awide.

The two Koreas - technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended only with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty - have occasionally clashed along the border.

Moon's envoy to the United States, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, left for Washington on Wednesday. "Seoul needs to make a choice between deploying THAAD and resuming Sino-South Korean relations".

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system which detected Sunday's test launch.

Kong told reporters on arrival that the South Korean president had asked him to convey to the USA government and people his thoughts on South Korea and the alliance and the deployment of the United States missile defense system "Thad".

The United Nations Security Council met behind closed door on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea. They said the North's "unacceptable" action underscored the importance of the U.S. -Japan alliance.

"We are determined to take care of South Korea, which is why we have our mission there, working and that, as well", Haley said on "This Week".

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