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Trump willing to resolve with North Korea nuclear crises

18 May 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, May 14, 2017.

She indicated Washington and Beijing had agreed they would take action if a new test looked to be long range and leaning toward an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine government continues to call on North Korea to "cease these acts of provocation, a clear breach of the UN Security Council resolutions, and constitutes a serious challenge to regional peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the global community". "The unification ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", Lee Duk-haeng, a ministry spokesman told a regular media briefing.

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Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. It has ignored calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.

The Security Council has adopted six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

The two Koreas - technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended only with a ceasefire - have occasionally clashed along the border. The special envoy added he conveyed Moon's gratitude for the United States' continuous consideration of South Korea's security as well as thanks for President Trump's invitation to an early bilateral summit to be held next month.

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South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in who took office last week has campaigned on a more moderate approach toward the North but he has said North Korea must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue was possible.

"The most important thing, of course, is sharing our views with the US on the issues of the South Korea-US alliance and solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue and increasing our mutual understanding", said Hong Seok-hyeon, the special envoy to the US, when asked before departing from Incheon Airport on the morning of May 17 about what message he would deliver to the US. "But he said he will not have talks with North Korea for the sake of talks, but one that could produce an outcome".

President Trump is open to exploring engagement with North Korea under certain conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

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China has strongly opposed THAAD, whose radar it fears could be used to spy in its territory, despite assurances from Washington that THAAD is purely defensive. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed. She also added that any country that doesn't implement the United Nations sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions.

Trump willing to resolve with North Korea nuclear crises