Trump willing to 'make peace' with Pyongyang

Trump on Wednesday said during his meeting with South Korean President's Special Envoy Moon Jaei that he looked forward to working closely with Mon Jie-nen to resolve North Korea's nuclear issue and wants to achieve peace by North Korea.

Thus said newly elected President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, expressing a radical shift in his country's policy toward North Korea.

On Sunday, North Korea carried out a new successful ballistic missile test in defiance of the US, South Korea and Japan, and even of its ally China.

North Korea claims the missile is a new medium-long range ballistic rocket capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead.

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", he said.

North Korea's nuclear and missile tests prompted the rival Koreas to suspend inter-Korean dialogue, the news agency said.

" ... The most ideal weapon systems in the world will never become the eternal exclusive property of the USA ... 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".

The United Nations Security Council has met behind closed doors to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.

A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

It comes a week after it test-fired a mid-long range missile which experts said marked an advancement in the reclusive state's missile programme.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions past year to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang and deny leader Kim Jong Un the hard currency needed to fund his military programmes.

North Korea has conducted another missile test, South Korea's military says.

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United Nations: "What about North Korea intimidating us?" He said North Korea would never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability" even if the US ratchets up sanctions and pressure "to the utmost".

Any peace overtures will likely be dampened by the worldwide community's response to Sunday's test by the North of the country's new Hwasong-12 ballistic missile.

North Korea-affiliated media have frequently called on the new South Korean administration to "pursue peace diplomacy" that would require, from Pyongyang's position, Seoul's disengagement with the United States.

  • Zachary Reyes