Korea calls on S. Korea to resume cooperative projects

Hong said he handed Moon's letter to Trump and expressed thanks for supporting South Korea's security and inviting the South Korean leader to visit Washington next month. "Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the US hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems". A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

U.S. President Donald Trump has said his administration would be willing to pursue engagement and "peace" with North Korea if certain conditions were met, Hong Seok-hyun, a top South Korean government envoy, told media in Washington DC on Wednesday.

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"You either support North Korea or you support us, because that's what it comes down to", Haley said at a news conference. North Korea is not as closed off from the world as some might think, but it has very few trade partners.

Stephen Rademaker, the former assistant Secretary of State responsible for arms control, said: "North Korea successfully demonstrated for the first time that it could strike USA territory in the Pacific".

After the test the White House press secretary's office released a statement saying that "North Korea has been a flagrant menace for far too long".

The announcement came days after North Korea successfully tested a powerful new missile that analysts believe could reach Alaska when perfected.

In the letter to 192 United Nations members and two observer states - dated Thursday - North Korea urged them to "reconsider any of their implementation activities until the legality of those "sanctions resolutions" are to be clarified".

Uruguayan Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, said after the meeting that members are united in condemning the latest missile launch as "a serious threat to worldwide peace". "The U.S. -South Korea alliance is the foundation of our foreign policy, and will continue to be so".

A date and other specifics of the summit are still to be decided, Yoon said. Moon has criticized Park's hard line against the North, saying the approach did nothing to prevent the North from expanding its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal and only reduced Seoul's voice in worldwide efforts to deal with its rival.

  • Leroy Wright