Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea missile launch officially a success

North Korea missile launch officially a success

It comes as North Korea's deputy United Nations envoy said the U.S. needs to roll back its "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang before talks could take place between the pair.

"The most impressive thing that I heard [from Tillerson] was that sanctions and pressure are not by themselves aimed at harassing North Korea, but are designed to create an opportunity for North Korea's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear program", Hong said, Yonhap reported. Its ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "any time, any place".Trump and new South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington next month, with North Korea expected to be high on the agenda, the South's presidential Blue House said. "Based on Pyongyang's goal of striking top enemies in their campaigns, it is highly unlikely that they would design a piece of malware that did not have a high probability of success against the U.S., South Korea and Japan".

Kim said the United Nations has ignored requests for an "international forum of legal experts to clarify the legal basis of the "sanction resolutions".

He told a news conference Friday that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and stop its anti-North Korea policy.

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North Korea has ignored several resolutions against ICBM and nuclear weapons testing.

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests", the council said, adding that it was ready to impose further sanctions on the country.

Though the U.S. president has said that a "major, major" conflict with the North is possible, he has also said he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un under unspecified circumstances. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

"The sophism of the United States claiming that it may carry out missile launches but not the DPRK and that its launches are a "contribution" to peace and security while the one by DPRK is "provocative" and strains tensions, is really the height of double-dealing standards", he said.

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