Pyongyang celebrates as North Korea fetes scientists behind Hwasong-12 launch

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

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.

Anchor: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reaffirmed that his country will not seek a regime change in North Korea when he met with President Moon Jae-in's special envoy to the U.S. Hong Seok-hyun.

In a press statement attached to its letter, North Korea's UN mission accused the United States of trying to intimidate countries into fully implementing UN sanctions by "openly threatening that they would be faced with "strong measures of sanction" by the U.S.". He said the council is exploring many different avenues to proceed and "clearly sanctions are a way to go", but also diplomacy.

North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test last Sunday (May 14), resisting calls to suspend its weapons program. With Moon expected to take a more conciliatory approach toward Pyongyang than earlier administrations, the Choson Sinbo said the president should recognize the North as "a partner for peace and prosperity" and formulate "realistic" ways for the two Koreas to cooperate with each other.

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Choe was returning from Oslo with a North Korean delegation after holding talks with former USA officials there.

The Japanese and South Korean governments are working on setting up a meeting between Abe and President Moon on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit meeting scheduled to be held in Germany in July.

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from an area near Pukchang, according to the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Haley said the Security Council is going to send a strong and unified message to North Korea that "the global community wants to support you but as long as you test, and as long as you continue your nuclear program, you are on an island by yourself".

North Korea argued that there would be no need for Washington to "beg or threaten" countries to implement the measures if the sanctions had a clear legal basis. Sogang University economist Cho Yoon-jae departed for Brussels earlier in the day as the representative to the European Union and Germany, while other envoys to Russian Federation and the Vatican are expected to begin their journeys shortly.

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