Korea wants to reopen communications with N. Korea

Trump warned this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

But the United States will not have any dialogue with the North for the sake of dialogue and the use of pressure was the premise in the approach to Pyongyang, Hong quoted Trump as saying, according to Yonhap.

On Sunday, North Korea test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile from the northwestern city of Kusong that many experts believe could be its most advanced yet.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hailed the launch on Sunday as a test of the "perfect weapon system" and capable of carrying "a large-size heavy nuclear warhead".

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (C) answers a question during a press briefing as Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho (L) and South Korean Ambassador Tae-yul Cho listen before a Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, May 16, 2017 at United Nations headquarters in NY.

North Korea's new strategic ballistic missile, called Hwasong-12, was sacked on Sunday and flew 489 miles on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 1,312 miles, North Korean official news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters.

A rap group backed by China's government is warning South Korea in a music video that "you're going too far" with the deployment of a USA missile defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the global dispute.

North Korea on Tuesday rejected a United Nations Security Council press statement issued on Monday condemning its test-firing of a medium long-range ballistic missile.

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"Our most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should open".

The summit, the first between the two leaders, will be held in Washington D.C. Moon's office said the event was aimed at "cementing personal ties" between the two.

Speaking to Lee, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there had been some "undeserved setbacks" in relations this year, in apparent reference to THAAD.

US President Donald Trump told a special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he looks forward to working closely with Moon to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and is willing to make peace through engagement with Pyongyang if conditions are right, the envoy said.

He said the two countries have built up friendly relations in many areas, but that there are also many problems between Korea and Japan.

"This is the desire of our two peoples but also our governments", Wang added.

On Wednesday a pro-Pyongyang newspaper based in Japan urged Moon to forsake the security alliance with the United States.

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