S. Korea's Moon warns high chance of clashes with North

The president extended the olive branch during an interview with Bloomberg News.

The North also said that it has the capability to deliver a strong "retaliatory strike", and that all USA targets in the Pacific were 'in its sights'. "What we are saying is that for peace on the Korean peninsula, he has to stop his testing". I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo ...

Addressing reporters after the meeting, the council president, Uruguay's Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, said that "clearly sanctions are a way to go" but stressed support for diplomacy to engage with Pyongyang.

Unlike his two conservative predecessors, Moon, a liberal, has emphasized the importance of dialogue in dealing with North Korea, saying that his predecessors' hard line, which focused on sanctions, had failed to prevent the North from expanding its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal.

All 15 members of the Security Council including North Korea's closest ally China called the launch a violation of United Nations sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.

China is wary of North Korea's weapons tests but may also be concerned about the mixed messages from the Trump administration regarding North Korea, which have ranged from a more aggressive military posture to offers of peace and regime security for Kim Jong Un.

Paektu is an active volcano which last erupted in 1903
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North Korea has justified its latest long-, medium-range ballistic missile test-firing as "routine work to raise nuclear capability for self-defence", rejecting the UN Security Council's condemnation. It is believed by scientists that the higher the flight of the missile, the longer the flight time of that particular missile will be. But he has said that North Korea must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible.

North Korea has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of previous year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

North Korea argued that there would be no need for Washington to "beg or threaten" countries to implement the measures if the sanctions had a clear legal basis.

It spends a majority of its operating budget on its military - even while widespread starvation has been the norm for decades.

A top United States 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.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is "No more". "Kim Jong-un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Kora one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world".

  • Leroy Wright