Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on conditions: Seoul

North Korea says Sunday's launch tested the capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead" and its ambassador in Beijing said on Monday that Pyongyang would continue such test launches "any time, any place".

According to Reuters, North Korea is working to develop a long-range missile with a nuclear warhead capable of striking the mainland 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. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy. It was a point that was also made by Nikki Haley, the USA envoy to the United Nations.

"The president's remarks, at least as far as I understand them, were not so much about a disagreement with the USA as they were about procedural issues inside South Korea", Hong added.

Lee said communications were severed by North Korea past year, in the wake of new sanctions following North's last nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

New sanctions were expected to be discussed at a closed council meeting Tuesday, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks have been private.

Tension has remained high on the Korean Peninsula over the past months between the United States and the DPRK over the US threat to stage military attacks against Pyongyang in response to its nuclear and missile programs.

A ballistic missile tested by Iran last summer is believed to be based on the design of the North Korean Musudan missile. Third, dialogue with North Korea is possible when the circumstances are right.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from the South's capital, Seoul, said Lee's statement "refers effectively to a hotline".

"What about North Korea intimidating us?" If the information that has been reported about the test are correct, the missile has considerably longer range than its current missiles.

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Trump has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and USA disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more. The council said that launches by North Korea reveal development in nuclear weapons delivery systems, which were increasing tensions around the world.

"We will sternly deal with the North, together with the worldwide community", Mr. Moon said during a visit to the Defense Ministry in Seoul, Younhap News Agency reported.

"We underscore the need for (North Korea) to comply with its global obligations under relevant UNSC resolutions and to return to the process of constructive dialogue", the DFA said.

But Lee also said South Korean officials at Panmunjom have been "making phone calls on a daily basis to the North but the North has not responded".

In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration. Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether Seoul should pay for a USA anti-missile system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

No draft resolution was circulated to the full council, but Haley said the United States was working with China on a text. "Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president, because he's absolutely not going to do it", she told ABC. The missile had been launched by a "midget" submarine, which according to US defense officials is the same class as North Korea's Yono submarine. Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology.

The White House, in a statement, said that North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who criticized the latest test-firing, said Pyongyang's actions were "unacceptable", but he also appeared to hold out an olive branch to Kim.

In this undated image made from video, members of CD REV chant about THAAD, the U.S. Army's missile defense system formally known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

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