Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chinese rappers warn S. Korea on US missile defense system


"The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL [Northern Limit Line] and military demarcation line", Reuters cited Moon as saying.

Moon Hee-sang (R), a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party, speaks to reporters at Seoul's Gimpo International Airport before heading to Tokyo as South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoy on May 17, 2017.

The pair told the AP that if the North ultimately thought it was under immediate attack or threatened, one possible scenario would be that it would first target the South Korean city of Busan, which is often used as a port by the US Navy.

North Korea's missile programme is progressing faster than expected, South Korea's defense minister said yesterday, hours after the UN Security Council demanded the North halt all nuclear and ballistic missile tests and condemned Sunday's test-launch.

"But there are no specific steps in the offing", Lee Duk-haeng, a spokesman for South Horea's unification ministry, told reporters.

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

The newest missile launch was claimed by North Korea as a successful test of a long-range strategic ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Prof. Narushige Michishita says conflict with North Korea would unlikely lead to World War III.

It was North Korea's second missile test in as many weeks, and came just four days after Moon Jae-in took office as president of South Korea.

Council diplomats, speaking on a condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the United States on a new sanction resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they supported a negotiated solution through dialogue.

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The UN Security Council has warned it may hit North Korea with a new round of sanctions in response to its latest missile launches, which it blamed for stirring up regional tension, and urged Pyongyang to stop its nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

South Korean and US officials have said re-entry technology for an IRBM does not necessarily translate to such technology for an IBCM, and these undergo different factors during re-entry.

But he has said the North must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible.

Hong is due to meet with other senior USA officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his four-day trip.

The presidential official said that means public opinion should be reflected in handling controversial issues like the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the USA and a deal with Japan on the victims of wartime sex slavery, and the results made public.

"Regarding the North Korean nuclear issue, I will deliver the president's thoughts and also listen to their side of the story", Hong said, while adding the two really showed little or no difference.

China has strongly opposed THAAD.

Haley said the United States and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include tougher new sanctions.

Earlier this month naval exercises were conducted in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, with South Korean and Japanese aircraft also taking part.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions previous year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programs.

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