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20 May 2017, 02:48 | Erica Roy
Moon Jae-in won an election recently campaigning on a more moderate approach towards North Korea
US President Donald Trump has called for "far stronger sanctions" on North Korea and warned last month that a "major, major conflict" with Pyongyang was possible.
South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in who took office last week has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said North Korea must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialog was possible.
Admiral Harry Harris Jr, who is in charge of the United States Pacific Command based in Hawaii, said on Wednesday (17 May) that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was inching closer to developing a nuclear warhead capable of striking any country.
Tillerson made the comments in a meeting with South Korean presidential envoy Hong Seok-hyun. The North defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter U.S. hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.S. defense chief warned Friday that a military solution to the standoff with North Korea would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale", while the North vowed to rapidly strengthen its nuclear-strike capability as long as it faces a "hostile" U.S. policy.
Backing off from its aggressive military stance, the United States has given an indication of diplomatically handling the North Korea regime.
China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.
North Korea on Sunday launched what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, claiming it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the U.S. mainland within reach.
On North Korea, which test-fired its latest ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan over the weekend, Abe said Japan, South Korea and the United States should increase pressure on the reclusive country. South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan, left, meets China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 19, 2017.
"We're now at a crossroads in our relations", Wang told Lee as he urged the new South Korean administration to make a decision to "remove the obstacles" that stand in the way of healthy ties between the two Asian economic powerhouses.
"We are determined to take care of South Korea, which is why we have our mission there, working and that, as well", Haley said on "This Week".
China's Foreign Ministry, in a later statement on its website, said Wang "fully explained" China's position on THAAD and asked South Korea to handle China's reasonable concerns appropriately.
While KCNA claims are not given much credence, nuclear expert Mira Rapp-Hooper of the Center for a New American Security, told Alex Ward of Vox that "this new missile suggests that [North Korea's] programs are advancing quickly" and a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland "may be only a year or so away".
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