Nuclear Crisis: Trump gives condition for N/Korea talk


The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the United States of America not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".

It conducted its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.

Hong also held a separate one-on-one meeting with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to discuss pending issues between the two countries, including nuclear and missile tensions with North Korea and the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system. The UN investigators not only confirmed the South Korean allegations but were able to uncover even more details.

"Well, I think you first have to get into Kim Jong-un's head, you know, which is he's in a state of paranoia", Haley, the United States' ambassador to the United Nations, said on "This Week," about the North Korean leader.

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the US on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue.

Kim In Ryong told a news conference that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula, it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy, "the root cause of all problems".

The missile blast comes less than a week after new South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office. 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".

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For another, if Moon's expected "Sunshine II" policy is anything like Sunshine I, it may involve convincing the USA president to end North Korean sanctions on the strength of the U.S.

Washington and Pyongyang have increasingly traded barbs and shows of force in the past few months, especially since the USA joined Japan and South Korea near the Korean Peninsula for trilateral military drills.

In Seoul, some citizens expressed frustration. The immediate benefits are striking: at a minimum, South Korea would earn stability and a chance for peaceful peninsular unification; China would avoid the armed conflict from which it stands to lose a great deal, plus enjoy an increase in trade which would come with normalization.

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.

This February, North Korea launched the new KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile-its first successful solid-fueled missile fired from a mobile launcher.

"He also said he looks forward to working closely with President Moon in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue so as to attain results", Hong told reporters after the meeting. They are low-priced compared with ballistic missiles and have increasing capabilities in terms of range, accuracy, and payload. The Chinese government was forced to admit that certain Chinese firms were defying Chinese sanctions and smuggling the technology and some of the needed software and raw materials to North Korea.