North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile USA policy

Andrew Cummings
May 22, 2017

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea".

An official of Hong's delegation said that Tillerson was emphasizing that there is no reason for the demonstrate hostility if the North shows intentions to scrap its nuclear ambitions.

North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and USA militaries said.

In an announcement reflecting a shift in South Korea's attitude to dealing with Pyongyang under President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's unification ministry said the channel of communication might be recovered to ease tensions with North Korea.

Communications were severed previous year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following a fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

"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.

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

Moon, a strong supporter of former Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun's Sunshine Policy of engagement of the North, kept open the possibility of an inter-Korea summit but said it could only be held when Pyongyang "changes its behavior".

(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".

"You either support North Korea or you support us", she said, suggesting some countries were failing to adhere to UN-imposed sanctions.

Even though plans for the USA missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula have been slammed by China and Russian Federation which deem it detrimental to their security, Chinese state media and North Korea's official news agency have recently been engaged in a war of words.

In another dispatch on KCNA Friday, based on a commentary from a person only identified as Kim Myong-chol, the North said "dialogue and confrontation can not coexist" and that "kow-towing to outside forces is anti-unification", apparently referring to South Korea's alliance between the U.S.

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

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic missile technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong Un is a recipe for disaster", Harris told the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, referring to North Korea's leader.

Trump has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and US Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said on Tuesday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more. The Musudan is one of the most advanced missiles that Pyongyang has tested successfully.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday that the US was engaged in diplomatic efforts to counter Pyongyang.

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