South Korea's Moon says 'high possibility' of conflict with North

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter US aggression.

She said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "paranoid" and thinks that the United States is trying to promote regime change and that there are people trying to assassinate him.

North Korea launched Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the USA mainland within reach.

President Trump is open to exploring engagement with North Korea under certain conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it", she said.

"There have been very significant sanctions and pressure on North Korea and now there is atmosphere for dialogue between North Korea and the United States".

Moon Hee-sang, the president's special envoy to Japan, delivered a two-page letter from the new Korean leader to Abe during a meeting in Tokyo.

Hong will spend the rest of his four-day trip to the US meeting with senior government officials and North Korea experts to lay the groundwork for Moon and Trump's much anticipated one-on-one meeting next month.

As for Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to AFP, that the most recent ballistic missile test was unsafe, but he also warned against attempts to "intimidate" North Korea.

Moon's envoy to Washington, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace, Hong said in comments carried by television.

The costs of THAAD were not brought up in that discussion, . and McMaster was said to have expressed understanding about the procedural issues.

It was the first time Trump has met with a South Korean official since taking office.

South Korea has complained that some of is companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the system's deployment. South Korea has "been informed only of the fact that the North Korean missile was detected over the phone and through word of mouth". "This is serious. These threats are not welcome", Ms Haley said ahead of the meeting.

However, during the closed-door meeting, China made no mention of a new sanctions resolution and renewed its appeal for talks to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to diplomats.

  • Zachary Reyes