Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Seoul: Trump willing to try engagement with N Korea, on conditions

Seoul: Trump willing to try engagement with N Korea, on conditions

The North defends its weapons programs as necessary to counter USA hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States. "Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the US hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems". He said North Korea would never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability" even if the USA ratchets up sanctions and pressure "to the utmost".

North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. "The unsafe behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean Peninsula", he said, "it's a threat to Japan, it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russian Federation - let me say that again... it's a threat to Russian Federation - it's a threat to the United States, it's a threat to the entire world".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly hugged rocket research officials after witnessing the test, saying they "worked hard to achieve a great thing". After months of sparring with increasingly threatening political rhetoric from both the United States and North Korea, the USA has toned down its challenges to Kim Jong-un, even though earlier this month, Politico reported that the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) accused, through its Ministry of State Security, the US of plotting the assassination of its leader, Kim Jong-un.

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Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is a key technological hurdle that North Korea must overcome in trying to flawless a missile that could threaten the United States.

All 15 members of the Security Council including North Korea's closest ally China called the launch a violation of United Nations sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.

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He also said the North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.

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