Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

"But he said he will not have talks with North Korea for the sake of talks, but one that could produce an outcome".

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

Despite the push for a tougher stance, Haley held out the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying "we are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there". North Korea is the rogue nation that has long envisioned uniting the two Koreas through the use of force.

In all, six sets of sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.

"If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation", Mattis said at a news conference. We don't have it done yet.

"Though we're now at the stage of pressure and sanctions, he said he has a willingness to make peace through the so-called engagement if certain conditions are right". It's not just us against them anymore. What they're doing is exactly right.

The statement follows Pyongyang's new missile test, which has been strongly condemned by the UN.

American allies around the Korean Peninsula would have an even shorter window, should leader Kim Jong-un decide to attack. Putin said Russian Federation was categorically opposed to any expansion of the "club of nuclear powers".

In a Q&A on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Stanford Professor Siegfried Hecker, an expert on plutonium science, said: "North Korea does not yet have the capability to reach the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile...although the missile test on Sunday brings it somewhat closer". The missile was launched at an unusually high trajectory. North Korea claimed the missile reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers and flew 787 kilometers. At maximum distance its range would be about 4,500 kilometers.

He said North Korea "probably learned a lot" from last weekend's test.

The U.S. defense chief warned Friday that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale", while the North vowed to rapidly strengthen its nuclear-strike capability as long as it faces a "hostile" U.S. policy.

"The recent ballistic missile test by Pyongyang is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a challenge to the peace and stability of the world". Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile US radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

(KOREAN) "It might look like North Korea conducted its latest missile test around two months after it carried out engine tests, but its development actually goes back much further". "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea".

Moon won the South Korean election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach towards the North. However, it is already in place and working. "We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward".

"(Trump) spoke about sanctions on North Korea and cooperation with China.

"We are determined to take care of South Korea, which is why we have our mission there, working and that, as well", Haley said on "This Week".

This opinion article was written by an independent writer.

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