Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

Moon's efforts to strengthen his country's diplomatic leadership within the alliance is likely to conflict with Trump's "America first" approach to alliances.

This is the first time a USA president received a South Korean special envoy in the Oval Office, and the unexpected attendance of Trump's son-in-law Kushner in the meeting was also seen as a sign of respect for the Seoul delegation.

If mishandled, the collision of these forces could endanger the alliance, just at the moment when the world needs maximum coordination to bring North Korea's growing nuclear threat to heel.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in who took office last week has campaigned on a more moderate approach toward the North but he has said North Korea must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue was possible.

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The threat to expand sanctions is the latest response from the US following a North Korean ballistic missile test this past weekend. Rather than a divergence of interests, the great risk to coordination between Trump and Moon is bad chemistry.

North Korea will never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability" even if the US ratchets up sanctions and pressure "to the utmost", Kim said. They mark a tonal departure from the Trump administration's months of saber rattling over North Korea. "And he said he looks forward to cooperating closely with President Moon in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue so as to produce an outcome", Hong said.

Since that attack, and amid rising tension with the U.S., North Korea has been rebuilding walls to protect gallery positions from air raids, according to U.S. government broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

Thousands of men in their Sunday best and women in colourful traditional dress lined the streets of Pyongyang to give the scientists and workers behind North Korea's latest missile test a hero's welcome, state media reported Friday (May 19).

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Lee earlier said Moon had sent him to China to keep communications open "at a critical time".

Trump has long touted his plan to pressure China to do more to rein in North Korea.

"You either support North Korea, or you support us", Haley said.

A ranking American diplomat is urging China to use its close ties to North Korea and convince it to halt its "provocations" in the wake of another launching of a missile over the weekend.

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