Thursday, 14 December, 2017

President Trump "Willing to Engage" North Korea to Avoid World War 3

Nikki Haley Missile programme moving ahead, says South
Rosalie Gross | 20 May, 2017, 00:46

In a separate meeting with Lee on Friday, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi said China "hopes that South Korea can respect China's major concerns (and) appropriately resolve the THAAD issue", Xinhua reported.

In an announcement reflecting a shift in South Korea's attitude to dealing with Pyongyang under President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's unification ministry said the channel of communication might be recovered to ease tensions with North Korea.

Hong Seok-hyun, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special emissary to the USA, traveled to the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Trump, where they held a discussion lasting for around ten minutes.

Haley was asked about comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing on Monday who called North Korea's nuclear and missile tests "unacceptable" but also said the United States should stop intimidating Pyongyang.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-In (C) and cabinet members attend an emergency meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 14, 2017.

It conducted its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.

Haley said that USA 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.

Of course, U.S. actions with South Korea involving this year exercises that emulate an invasion of North Korea are never regarded as provocative nor is the recent deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system or sending an aircraft carrier with support vessels to the peninsula.

South Korea has complained that some of its companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the THAAD deployment.

Moon's envoy to China, former prime minister Lee Hae-chan, left for Beijing on Thursday with a letter from Moon to deliver to China President Xi Jinping. Pyongyang has also said it would be open to talks, but what that means is unclear.

"We're now at a crossroads in our relations", Wang told Lee as he urged the new South Korean administration to make a decision to "remove the obstacles" that stand in the way of healthy ties between the two Asian economic powerhouses.

A US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing that it even threatens Pyongyang's ally China and neighbour Russian Federation.

"South Korea is our most important neighbor, with which we share strategic interests", Abe stressed, adding that he looked forward to holding a summit with the new president at an early date.

Those appointed earlier included envoys to the United States, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

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