Tillerson urges North Korea to resume talks
However, in his inaugural speech last week, Moon said he will visit Washington with speed, adding he will hold a North Korea summit “if circumstances permit”.
Tillerson said Washington would guarantee Pyongyang regime security if certain conditions are met, according to South Korean special envoy Hong Seok-hyun.
He also said the North’s nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly recently but that the South was ready and capable of striking back should the North attack.
It is interesting to look at the new situation in the Korean peninsula and, in particular, America’s relationship with the various parties there – South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan and even Russian Federation – in light of the election last week of relatively liberal Moon Jae-in as president of South Korea.
Researchers in the US, Russia and Israel have also pointed to a potential North Korean link – but it is notoriously hard to attribute cyberattacks. He then urged the North to trust the USA for once.
The growing threats from the North prompted Seoul to recently deploy a powerful United States anti-missile system despite angry opposition by China that sees it as a threat to its own military capability.
Trump has said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the missile shield is being constructed.
Hong also lauded Trump’s efforts to pressure China to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue.
This is the first time a USA president received a South Korean special envoy in the Oval Office, and the unexpected attendance of Trump’s son-in-law Kushner in the meeting was also seen as a sign of respect for the Seoul delegation.
North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, saying it was a test of its capability to carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead”.
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”. It insisted that the USA mainland is within its range.
North Korea’s foreign ministry said that the U.S.is driving a scheme to put sanctions and pressure on North Korea, raising tensions on the divided peninsula.