Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

North Korea launched its latest missile test on Saturday in defiance of worldwide sanctions as the UN Security Council demanded Pyongyang halt all ballistic missile tests.

The Security Council is scheduled to hold closed-door consultations on the missile test on Tuesday. "(Seoul) must show that dialogue is possible only when North Korea changes its behavior".

Mr Trump wants South Korea to pay for the system, but Mr Moon has said he will reconsider the deployment, because of strong domestic opposition and also because of Chinese anger that Thaad upsets the regional strategic status quo and its suspicions that it will be used to spy on it.

"Kim Jong Un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world".

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

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Patrushev cited North Korea's isolation as the rationale behind the Kim Jong -un leader's mission to increase the nukes so as to ensure the country's safety. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed.

"The unification ministry has considered options on this internally, but nothing has been decided yet".

The announcement comes as two US officials told NBC News that the KN-17 launch last weekend was successful and that the missile's re-entry vehicle successfully re-entered the atmosphere.

The two Koreas - technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended only with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty - have occasionally clashed along the border. It has also regularly threatened South Korea and Japan of strikes for colluding with the United States.

"Though we are now at the stage of pressure and sanctions, [President Trump] said he has a willingness to make peace through so-called "engagement" if certain conditions are right", said Hong Seok-hyun, the special envoy to the Unites States, to reporters after his meeting with Trump at the White House.

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The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".

"The fact that Trump said he will not have talks for the sake of talks reiterated our joint stance that we are open to dialogue but the right situation must be formed", said Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck in a regular media briefing, according to the news service.

In another cyberattack suggesting possible Pyongyang involvement, a phishing attempt was made sometime before May 12 against a United Nations committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea, a source confirmed Friday.

Speaking from the Pentagon, Mr Mattis said Washington is working internationally to find a diplomatic solution.

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