The remarks, made in a meeting with South Korea's special presidential envoy Hong Seok-hyun, are the latest in a series of signs that the USA may be moving toward dialogue and engagement after months of exchanging saber-rattling and harsh rhetoric with Pyongyang.
The comments from Trump and Moon were still reverberating Sunday when the North Korea leader literally slapped away the olive branches held out by the two presidents. The Foreign Ministry on Monday briefed envoys of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states on the present situation.
Haley said that U.S. and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions. "We will also be discussing ways to strengthen the South Korea-U.S. alliance and on how to address North Korea's nuclear issue in a cooperative manner". What would you think would happen if North Korea used a nuclear weapon against the United States? The weapon was a Hwasong-12 medium long-range surface-to-surface missile which some experts believe represents a serious step towards a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.
Uruguayan Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, said after the meeting that members are united in condemning the latest missile launch as "a serious threat to global peace".
Washington, she said, would consider talks with Pyongyang only if the country halted all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
The bad news is that North Korea would always be able to use a missile like the Hwasong-12 as a shorter-range strike system in a pinch if needed by "lofting", i.e., firing the missile at a sharp angle to reduce its range, as it does during testing.
Tillerson was also quoted as saying he hopes the North will trust the US despite what it considers the burden of risks involved in doing so.
A North Korean diplomat, Ju Yong Choi, told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday that North Korea would "bolster its self-defense capabilities as long as the United States continues its hostile policies ... and imposes nuclear threats and makes blackmail".
So said President Donald J. Trump a little over a week ago about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
North Korea, on various occasions, has announced that it seeks to develop a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with the ability to strike the United States mainland.
An official of Hong's delegation said that Tillerson was emphasizing that there is no reason for the U.S.to demonstrate hostility if the North shows intentions to scrap its nuclear ambitions.
U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Wood said China was key given that 90 percent of North Korea's trade was with that country.
Lee said communications were severed by North Korea previous year, in the wake of new sanctions following North's last nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North. The missile reportedly launched on Sunday and is believed to be the most powerful weapon that the nation has ever tested in the history.
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