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Trump willing to use engagement on N.Korea crisis -S.Korea envoy

19 Mai 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Moon's envoy, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace.

North Korea said the range of the test was 787 km and the maximum altitude was 2111.5 km.

Communications were severed previous year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following a fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, May 14, 2017.

Greeting South Korean presidential envoy Lee Hae-Chan in Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said bilateral relations have made huge progress over the years.

Moon briefly stopped by the meeting to greet Pottinger, Yoon said.

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.

Trump expressed "great expectations for the summit with President Moon in June".

North Korea has been under unrelenting pressure to rein in its nuclear programme, with the USA 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.

The flashpoint border on the Yellow Sea also saw a South Korean naval submarine sinking with the loss of 46 lives in 2010.

In his 40-minute talks with McMaster, Hong underscored that Korean conservatives and liberals all stand in unity in terms of security issues.

The successful test Sunday highlighted the North's growing missile and nuclear threats.

Another development that may complicate Moon's plans for renewed dialogue with North Korea is the massive cybercrime attack against computer systems across the world this weekend.

Any country that did not look at putting new sanctions on North Korea was, in effect, helping the isolated nation, she said. He called for bilateral working-level talks on this.

She confirmed that the U.S. and China - North Korea's only ally in the region - were working together on a new Security Council resolution targeting North Korea.

U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Wood said China was key given that 90 percent of North Korea's trade was with that country.

Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether it should pay for an anti-missile United States radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

While in Tokyo, Harris met Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada for talks that focused primarily on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. The system was deployed earlier this month, days before South Korea elected Moon Jae-in, who had been critical of the system, its new president.

Trump willing to use engagement on N.Korea crisis -S.Korea envoy