Korea defends latest missile launch, seeks support

Experts N. Korean Missile Can Reach Seoul in Six Minutes

Experts N. Korean Missile Can Reach Seoul in Six Minutes

The Chinese have begun squeezing the South Koreans through boycotts of their exports since the United States began installing in South Korea a missile-defense system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, which the Chinese claim is capable of targeting them as well as North Korea and, thus, destabilizing.

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland and has ignored calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In dispatched Lee to Beijing in the wake of his election victory last week. "(Seoul) must show that dialogue is possible only when North Korea changes its behavior".

Envoy Tony Blair also told Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun during his 10-minute meeting at the White House that he would not hold talks with North Korea for talks.

Deputy North Korean Ambassador to the UN Kim In Ryong said that North Korea welcomes the idea of USA talks, but "what is important is not words, but actions", and that the U.S. needs to back off its hostile policy toward North Korea for the talks to have any value.

The two countries are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley raised concern on Friday about an application by North Korea to patent a process to produce sodium cyanide, which can be used to make the nerve agent Tabun and is also used in the extraction of gold.

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A member of Hong's delegation, who requested anonymity, also quoted Tillerson as saying that the USA meant it when it said it seeks no regime change, no invasion of the North and it will guarantee the North's system.

As I discussed yesterday, the missile North Korea tested on Sunday was a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile, based on an indigenously developed high-thrust liquid fuel rocket engine.

China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies in China have been hit by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

There seems to be a convergence of opinion between the Moon administration and the United States since Moon has qualified his call for moderation toward North Korea by asking for some concessions from Pyongyang to get talks restarted. After the missile launch on May 14, the United States, Japan, and South Korea called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to demand that North Korea alter its current aggressive course and begin dismantling its missile and nuclear programs.

Haley said a plan is still in the works between the US, Japan, South Korea and China - North Korea's only major ostensible ally - to halt North Korea's progress on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.