Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings

Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings

The North ignored global condemnation of its missile test, which demonstrated some disturbing advances in long-range missile technology, and insisted it would "conduct ICBM tests anytime and anywhere, in accordance with the decisions made by our central leadership".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programmes it says it needs to counter United States aggression.

The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its neighbour. Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimated Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest-range in North Korea's arsenal. Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks.

In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council on Monday agreed to take further significant measures, including sanctions. It also vowed to fully implement the six sanctions resolutions previously adopted and urged all U.N. member nations to implement the measures "in an expeditious and serious manner".

Haley said the USA and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions.

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Suga and Moon Hee-sang said they would work closely together on issues connected to the Korean Peninsular and would lay the groundwork for a Japan-South Korea summit to be held at an early juncture.

On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could "reliably strike the U.S. base at Guam" in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away.

One obvious obstacle is that North Korea is not a democracy.

Under UN resolutions, North Korea is barred from developing nuclear and missile technology.

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile.

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The trajectory of the Hwasong-12 showed that it would have been capable of reaching Guam, where the United States maintains the U.S. Andersen Air Force Base, which is located 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) away from North Korea, according to Schilling.

And the launch was made as a warning aimed at the USA who have made their presence known by sending warship Carl Vinson into North Korean waters.

In a sprawling barbecue restaurant atop a mall in Wangjing, an area of Beijing popular with the city's large Korean population, Jeong said that she and many other Korean expats felt increasingly uncomfortable, as even Chinese friends seemed to look at them differently over THAAD. "The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating".

Moon in a phone call with Abe last week said that most Koreans can not accept the agreement.

In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration. There could be friction between the US and South Korea as well as the North.

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