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

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

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

The threat to expand sanctions is the latest response from the USA following a North Korean ballistic missile test this past weekend.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoy, Lee Hae-chan (L), shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before having a meeting at China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 18, 2017.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In dispatched Lee to Beijing in the wake of his election victory last week.

U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible and all options were on the table but wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically and peacefully, possibly through the use of economic sanctions.

"North Korea's latest successful missile test represents a level of performance never before seen from a North Koran missile", John Schilling, an aerospace engineer dealing with rockets said in an interview.

Admiral Harry Harris, in discussing a stronger world response to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, stated, according to the Diplomat, "I firmly believe that the United States, Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Russia and every nation who considers itself to be a responsible contributor to worldwide security, must publicly and privately work together to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees".

For his part, Lee said Moon asked him to express his "gratitude" to Xi for his message of congratulations after the election.

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North Korea has made no secret of its work to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.

"The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] will bolster its self-defense capabilities as long as the United States continues its hostile policies toward the DPRK and imposes nuclear threats and makes blackmail", North Korean diplomat Ju Yong Choi told the U.N. Conference on Disarmament Tuesday in Geneva. "President Moon will have conversations with China in future summits, but he said it's very important to have an honest talk with sincerity". "We believe South Korea will bring clear measures to improve relations".

Moon sent envoys to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union this week in what the government calls "pre-emptive diplomacy".

Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young, said last week that the special delegation to Beijing would "exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North's nuclear issues". His envoy for Russian Federation will leave next week.

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