North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral

19 May, 2017, 09:52 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • China says relations with Korea important, wants communication

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's envoy for China, Lee Hae-chan, had not met Chinese President Xi Jinping as of 0540 GMT, foreign ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said in a regular media briefing.

Harris, the top American military official in the Pacific, stressed North Korea is a clear and risky threat not only to the U.S., Japan, and South Korea but to Russian Federation.

According to North Korean state media, as long as the USA continues its current policy, Kim Jong Un has ordered increases in the production of nuclear weapons and other offensive means, Abe said.

The two Koreas - technically still at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended only with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty - have occasionally clashed along the border.

Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach to the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure to stop the North's weapons programs.

"The six-party talks should not be used as a tool for North Korea to buy time to develop their nuclear capability or to gain more attention", Abe said.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation.

"We need to put further pressure on North Korea to make them feel that they have to change course", Japan's United Nations envoy Koro Bessho told reporters.

McMaster made the remark when special envoy Hong Seok-hyun told him that there is a controversy over South Korea's procedure leading to the decision to host THAAD and there is a need to discuss the issue in the National Assembly, the envoy told reporters.

Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether it should pay for an anti-missile United States radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system which detected Sunday's test launch.

The United States said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang.

"...the United States is not past looking at third-country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them", Haley told press ahead of an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday.

Trump warned this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan.

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