Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Korea meet in attempt to repair ties

Korea meet in attempt to repair ties

North Korea has been under unrelenting pressure to rein in its nuclear programme, with the U.S. threatening to step up military force, the United Nations raising the possibility of tougher sanctions and even the country's sole ally China expressing growing frustration. They scrutinize shipping traffic to parse whether the flow of oil and coal between North Korea and China might be diminishing, with potentially disastrous results for Kim Jong Un's regime.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired what analysts say was its longest-range rocket yet as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

"We consider that nuclear and missile tests are unacceptable", Putin said. China accounts for the vast majority of North Korea's global trade.

After Sunday's launch, Pyongyang gleefully hailed significant advances in developing a nuclear missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

The video - viewed by yesterday more than 300,000 times on Facebook and Twitter and nearly 2.7 million times on the Chinese video-posting site Maiopai - represents the latest example of China's use of non-diplomatic channels to broadcast its displeasure with South Korea.

Beijing has retaliated against Seoul over THAAD by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers.

China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

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"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.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi made the remarks at the opening of a second day of meetings between Chinese officials and special envoy Lee Hae-chan, a former South Korean prime minister.

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.

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

South Korea's new President Moon has admitted that a war with North Korea is by far not unlikely.

"Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China", the newspaper said. That means the Trump administration has eased its conditions for dialogue from "abandoning all nuclear programs" to a freezing of them.

The paper praised those responsible for the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile for showing the world "the strength of the powerful self-reliant nuclear state".

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