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Trump sets conditions for engagement with North Korea- Seoul

21 Mai 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense said in a report submitted to Congress a year ago that North Korea likely "views cyber as a cost-effective, asymmetric, deniable tool that it can employ with little risk from reprisal attacks, in part because its networks are largely separated from the Internet".

China for its part has been infuriated by the United States placing the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to China's own security and would do nothing to ease tensions with Pyongyang.

President Trump is looking to both China and Russian Federation, the two permanent members on the Security Council, to join the USA -backed campaign of diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to get it to denuclearize.

The US has sought to push back against North Korea's work to speed up the development of its nuclear weapons and missile programme. That being said, a recent update from BBC suggests that North Korea's long-range missiles may have the potential to reach the mainland United States.

It's the second from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week.

Such moves underscore a willingness on the part of China's Communist Party leaders to fan the flames of anti-South Korea sentiment, said Korea expert Sung-Yoon Lee of Tufts University in MA.

North Korea has repeated test launches to obtain the technology needed for reentry into the atmosphere, which is said to be technically very hard.

"Whenever something odd happens, it is the stereotype way of the United States and the hostile forces that kick off noisy anti-DPRK campaign deliberately linking with DPRK", Kim said.

A rap group backed by China's government is warning South Korea in a music video that "you're going too far" with the deployment of a US missile defense system, as Beijing seeks to bring its state-supported cultural forces to bear in the worldwide dispute.

Trump made the remarks on Wednesday during a 15-minute meeting with special envoy Hong Seok-hyun in Washington, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.

Mr Suga said the missile was launched around 1659 (Japan time) from North Korea's west coast towards the Sea of Japan and it likely landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, without causing damages to ships and airplanes.

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.

Those conditions do not provide much incentive for the North Koreans to try and have talks with the US.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is: "No more".

Such a move would "help ensure lasting peace on the Korean peninsula and further global peace and security", he said.

Haley said that the USA and China are working together on a new resolution targeting North Korea:"That's what we are working on now".

A White House official visiting Saudi Arabia with Trump confirmed the North had test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile but appeared to play down Sunday's launch.

Trump sets conditions for engagement with North Korea- Seoul