China rappers to Seoul: 'Big brother' opposes missile shield

The AFC's decision, made because of concern about "geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula", came hours after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programmes it says it needs to counter United States aggression.

South Korean President also said that North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly.

"The reality is that there is a high possibility of a military conflict at the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and military demarcation line", Moon was quoted as saying by the presidential Blue House.

President Moon called on his military to maintain a "watertight defense posture" against its adversary to the north, Agence France-Presse reported.

The two countries also confirmed that Moon and Trump shared four broad principles in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis, Yoon said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea of intimidating the entire global community with its nuclear programme, military ability and cyberattacks.

State media paraphrased Kim as saying that "the most flawless weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the USA,. strongly warning the US should not. disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific operation region are in (North Korea's) sighting range for strike".

No draft resolution was circulated to the full council, but Haley said the United States was working with China on a text.

Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests a year ago, and has accelerated its missile launch program, despite tough United Nations sanctions aimed at denying leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions.

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in almost a decade, said as he took his oath of office last week that he'd be willing to visit the North if the circumstances were right.

The U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the United States believed it could persuade China to impose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would "call out" states supporting Pyongyang and target them with sanctions too.

"Our most basic stance is that communication lines between South and North Korea should open", Lee Duk-haeng, a spokesman for the South's Unification Ministry, told reporters.

Admiral Harry Harris Jnr made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

North Korea's Sunday missile test was the first successful launch since the deployment of the THAAD system in early May.

His comments came a day after the Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss tightening sanctions on the isolated state. Pyongyang's aggressive push to boost its weapons program also makes it one of the Trump administration's most urgent foreign policy worries, though Washington has struggled to settle on a policy.

Russian Federation and China have opposed the THAAD deployment, calling on the all parties to find a peaceful solution to the hazardous situation in the region.

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.

The UNSC and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday both slammed the missile launches conducted by North Korea.

  • Leroy Wright