Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

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

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

Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.

Haley said Sunday that cooperation with China has been better "than we ever have", and she expects it will produce dividends for the U.S.

"In every test he [Kim] makes", Harris said, according to AFP, "it's a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to be able to deliver a nuclear-tipped missile anywhere in the world".

Trump's choice of the word "peace" regarding the North Korea issue has also shed light on whether there is room for change in Washington's current North Korea policy of "maximum pressure and engagement".

"The late former South Korean President Park Chung-hee's biggest crime was to have abandoned basic inter-Korean unification agreements and clung to vicious plots to instigate inter-Korean confrontation, while talking big over "confrontation in parallel with dialogue", said the commentary, titled "(Moon) should learn a lesson from its dictator's (Park) sin against inter-Korean unification".

Attendees of the 90-minute meeting included National Defense Minister Han Min-koo, Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, and presidential national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin, all appointed by Park, who is jailed awaiting a corruption trial.

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It wasn't clear if THAAD came up in Xi's talks with Lee, during which the Chinese leader sat at the head of the table in a manner usually reserved for meetings with lower-ranking Chinese officials.

North Korea tested a high-thrust rocket engine as recently as March, hailed as a "great leap forward" by state media at the time.

In another dispatch on KCNA Friday, based on a commentary from a person only identified as Kim Myong-chol, the North said "dialogue and confrontation can not coexist" and that "kow-towing to outside forces is anti-unification", apparently referring to South Korea's alliance between the U.S.

This data underlines the progress made by Pyongyang in its efforts to develop an intercontinental nuclear missile in the future that can reach the usa and serve as a deterrent.

Speaking to reporters, Kim hailed the test launch and said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the divided Korean Peninsula, it should replace the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy. Moon Jae-in has said dialogue and pressure must be used to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and stop the North's weapons pursuit.

They were believed to have held talks on prospects for containing North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities as well as the economic fallout over the deployment in South Korea of the US missile defense system called THAAD.

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