Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy

Emmett Rice
May 20, 2017

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

A telephone line to North Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom may be reopened, more than a year after it was shut down after the closing of a jointly operated factory park.

Moon, a liberal who was elected last week after a decade of conservative leadership, has taken a relatively diplomatic tone with North Korea, with whom the South remains technically at war following the armistice signed to end the 1950-1953 conflict.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley put the American position in forceful terms on Tuesday: "We have to turn around and tell the entire worldwide community: You either support North Korea or you support us".

President Moon Jae-in took office last week with pledges to seek a dual-track approach to push for North Korea's denuclearization and dialogue with it.

North Korea test-launched a missile on Sunday that many experts believe could be its most advanced yet, flying higher and longer than any previous missile. The missile had been launched by a "midget" submarine, which according to USA defense officials is the same class as North Korea's Yono submarine.

"We will never tolerate such North Korean provocations and nuclear threats", he added.

USA rocket scientists have said that the missile launched by North Korea on Monday showed considerable progress the country made towards developing an intercontinental ballistic missile which can reach America.

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The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.

President Moon condemned the regime's intermediate ballistic missile launch early this week and vowed to deal with Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, the Mangyongbong, with about 40 Chinese tourists and Russians aboard, arrived at the Vladivostok port 10 hours after it left the Rajin port in the special economic zone of Rason in the northeastern part of North Korea. "He also asked me to come and engage in deep dialogue". "This is a true threat to every country in the world".

"Such pressure by use of "sanction resolutions" devoid of legality, morality and impartiality is a blatant infringement on the independence of a sovereign state and act of interference in others' internal affairs", said a senior North Korean diplomat. They're intimidating the entire global community.

"We need to return to dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, stop intimidating it and find ways to solve these problems peacefully. I think it is possible".

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has made it clear that Washington would talk to North Korea only after it halts its nuclear programme. They're trying to strengthen their muscle with no cause.

Earlier this month the US, South Korea and Japan conducted naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, led by the aircraft carrier group of the USS Carl Vinson.

North Korea's latest missile launch, despite landing just south of Russia's Pacific coast, has so far had no discernible impact on relations between the two countries.

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