Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis – South Korea envoy
But Moon has also said his government would “never accept” and “sternly deal with” the North’s “provocation and nuclear threat”.
South Korea can not pursue dialogue and confrontation with Pyongyang simultaneously, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Friday. US President Donald Trump’s administration has called for an immediate halt to Pyongyang’s provocations and has warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over.
Lee gave Xi a hand-written letter from Moon.
Such a move would “help ensure lasting peace on the Korean peninsula and further global peace and security”, he said.
While Moon may try to soothe Chinese anger over the THAAD deployment, many observers say it appears too late to call for its withdrawal, which would greatly undermine South Korea’s relationship with Washington, its most important ally.
Trump expressed “great expectations for the summit with President Moon in June”.
Last month United States president Donald Trump warned a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible as he revealed he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong-un. “President Trump generally talked about the bigger picture, emphasizing that we can achieve an outcome through unity in our sturdy alliance and worldwide cooperation”.
Attendees of the 90-minute meeting included National Defense Minister Han Min-koo, Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, and presidential national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin, all appointed by Park, who is jailed awaiting a corruption trial.
In his 40-minute talks with McMaster, Hong underscored that Korean conservatives and liberals all stand in unity in terms of security issues.
All 15 members of the Security Council including North Korea’s closest ally China called the launch a violation of United Nations sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.
While Trump might be tempted to consider some kind of surgical strike against North Korea’s nuclear facilities, he could unleash a North Korean counter-attack against nearby Seoul with devastating destruction and countless deaths. What would you think would happen if North Korea used a nuclear weapon against the United States?
Tillerson said North Koreans should trust the United States pledge of no hostility.
Moon, who has been an advocate of engagement with the North, said during his campaign last December that Pyongyang would be the first destination he would visit if elected president.
A turn towards diplomacy would be a drastic change for the USA, which has engaged in saber rattling with North Korea over the last few months. “Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on the Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the U.S. hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems”. “But he said Washington will only openly send messages, rather than hold closed-door talks, emphasizing the North should take action to cease nuclear and missile tests”.