Countries that help N. Korea face sanctions too, United States warns
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 20:52
North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, saying it was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead". While the North would need 4,800 miles of flight to strike the USA mainland, the test showed the progress the nation is making in developing long-range missile technology. He stressed that the USA only conveys messages publicly and will not hold dialogue with the North out of public view.
United States forces are lingering off the Korean Peninsula as tensions boil over the tyrant's repeated missile tests and talk of nuclear weapons.
"We're willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track and benefit both peoples on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual respect", he said.
You either support North Korea or you support us.
The statement said the United States remained "open to negotiations" toward the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while staying "prepared to defend ourselves and our allies".
Moon's attitude during the call appeared to significantly relieve senior bureaucrats in Japan who were concerned he would take a tougher stance and be reluctant to cooperate with Japan and the United States in dealing with North Korea's provocations.
Communications were severed by the North previous year, in the wake of new sanctions following its fifth nuclear test and decision to shut down a joint industrial zone.
In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council on Monday agreed to take further significant measures, including sanctions.
Its latest ballistic missile firing was also the first one to be detected by the THAAD, the advanced USA missile defense system, which is already operational in South Korea, and can intercept ballistic missiles launched by the regime of Kim Jong-un. Kong arrived in Washington earlier in the day on a mission to deliver Moon's message to Trump and lay the foundations for the first summit between the two leaders. Asked if he was confirming that the North Korean missile launch did have a controlled reentry into the atmosphere, Mattis said Friday: "No, I was not". To accomplish development of such a missile, technology to ensure the missile's reentry vehicle survives returning to the atmosphere is necessary. The North Koreans sent a rocket high into space, testing the conditions an intercontinental ballistic missile would need to survive and signaling the outlaw nation's potential to destabilize global security.