New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

  • New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

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

Mattis took a cautious stance on military action, and put value on diplomatic efforts, including strengthening sanctions against North Korea for the time being.

The Foreign Ministry on Monday briefed envoys of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-states on the present situation. "And the United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them".

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has made it clear that Washington would talk to North Korea only after it halts its nuclear programme.

A top U.S. military officer has lashed out at North Korea for its latest missile test, calling it a "recipe for a disaster", as tensions continue in the Korean peninsula.

Moon, a liberal, favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors and has offered to visit Pyongyang if the circumstances are right.

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic missile technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for disaster", he said Wednesday in a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, a think tank in Tokyo.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In on May 14 condemned the North's latest missile launch as a "reckless provocation", staged days after his inauguration in an apparent test of the new administration.

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U.S. rocket scientists have said that the missile launched by North Korea on Monday showed considerable progress the country made towards developing an intercontinental ballistic missile which can reach America.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.

While FireEye researcher John Miller, too, said United States and European security officials maintain it was too early to say who is behind the attack, they did not rule out North Korea as a suspect.

South Korea has complained that some of is companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the system's deployment.

The US said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new sanctions on North Korea and warned that it would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang. They're trying to strengthen their muscle with no cause.

Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wants to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.

The reclusive state claimed to have successfully conducted a missile test proving it has the capacity to carry a "large scale nuclear warhead".

Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is a key technological hurdle that North Korea must overcome in trying to flawless a missile that could threaten the United States.