Trump talks of engagement to resolve North Korea crisis

Posted May 22, 2017

Photo Credit: Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP Later in the song, they refer to South Korea, saying, "this time, kid, you're going too far" and "your big brother's annoyed", a nod to China's view of itself as the pre-eminent political and economic power in northeast Asia.

North Korea's new strategic ballistic missile, called Hwasong-12, was sacked on Sunday and flew 489 miles on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 1,312 miles, North Korean official news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters.

China urged the United States and North Korea to commit to a political decision to solve the "nuclear problem".

Despite the push for a tougher stance, Haley held out the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying "we are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there".

A South Korean army soldier walks by a TV news program showing a file image of missiles being test-launched by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Sunday's launch was of a "newly-developed mid/long-range strategic ballistic rocket, Hwasong-12", the official KCNA said, adding that leader Kim Jong-Un "personally oversaw the test-launch of the new type of rocket".

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On Monday, North Korea's regime issued a statement claiming that its new rocket could deliver a "large heavy nuclear warhead" all the way to the United States 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 worldwide peace".

North Korea on Sunday launched the Hwasong-12, the projectile that has shown the best performance so far aside from its space rockets, in what the worldwide community suspects to have been a covert missiles test.

North Korea has now carried out three failed and four successful rocket launches since the start of the Trump Administration.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the North's threats are expected to be high on the agenda when Moon meets US President Donald Trump in June. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office on May 9, has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said it must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue can be possible.

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Nikki Haley said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that North Korea could face stronger sanctions and other measures after the reclusive country conducted its seventh missile test this year, the first since South Korea elected a new president.

Both the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday slammed the missile launches.

"The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line", Moon said.

The U.S. government is increasing vigilance on North Korea's improvements in missile technology.

South Korea's defense minister said that the latest North Korean ballistic missile test shows that Pyongyang's missile program is developing faster than expected, Reuters reported Tuesday.

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