South Korea: Sanctions, Dialogue to Denuclearize North Korea

Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy of his administration's willingness to try to deal with North Korea through engagement, Reuters reported.

The US, Japan and South Korea called the emergency meeting to press worldwide demands that North Korea change course and dismantle its missile and nuclear programs.

A unification ministry spokesman in Seoul said Wednesday that the lines haven't technically been cut, but North Korean officials have not responded to near daily calls from their counterparts in the South.

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

Haley also said that the United States would consider dialog with Pyongyang only if it stopped all nuclear and ballistic missile tests. It has ignored calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.

"We're not trying to do any of those things", she said, adding that Pyongyang has to stop its nuclear program and tests like the most recent ballistic missile launch.

JAPAN is ready to assist Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea, prepare for any missile attack by North Korea. "Now we can make all kinds of advanced weapons, so that we can defend our homeland and the dignity of our country".

The comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 USA troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and dialogue, to try to rein in its neighbor.

"There is a room on the South Korean side of the border, and a room on the North Korean side of the border, and a physical line between the two which has been there since the 1970s and is used to relay messages of emergencies", he said.

Moon's envoy to Washington, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of the willing to use "engagement" to create peace on the Korean peninsula, Yonhap news quoted Hong as saying.

Yoon said Chung and Pottinger in their meeting reaffirmed that Seoul and Washington share a common goal in the "complete discarding" of North Korean nuclear weapons and will pursue "all methods, including sanctions and dialogue" to reach the goal.

The U.S. ambassador said Russian Federation has the same decision to make as the rest of the worldwide community: "You either support North Korea or you don't, but you have to choose".

China has strongly opposed THAAD.

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

While speaking at the UN Haley accused Kim of being in a "state of paranoia" and warned that Washington would continue to "tighten the screws" on the isolated nation.

Earlier this month the US, South Korea and Japan conducted naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, led by the aircraft carrier group of the USS Carl Vinson.

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United States: "What about North Korea intimidating us?"

Moon, a liberal, favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors and has offered to visit Pyongyang if the circumstances are right. North Korea is not as closed off from the world as some might think, but it has very few trade partners.

  • Larry Hoffman