Trump willing to engage with N. Korea: S.Korean envoy

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

Tension has remained high on the Korean Peninsula over the past months between the United States and North Korea over the U.S. threat to stage military attacks against Pyongyang in response to its nuclear and missile programs.

The continued advances in ballistic missile development and the insistence on enhancing its nuclear weapons capabilities has made North Korea a threat to its nearest northern neighbors, China and Russian Federation, not to mention the entire world, insists one U.S. Navy admiral.

However, a joint statement by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said last month that Trump aims to use economic sanctions and diplomatic measures to pressure North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs.

"As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured (toward) dialogue", North Korea's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters on Friday.

Kim also dismissed allegations that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - the country's official name - was behind the recent wave of global cyberattacks as "ridiculous". He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile.

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It has caused controversy around the world, but in North Korea the developers of its latest missile have reportedly been given a hero's welcome on their return.

North Korea claims the missile is a new medium-long range ballistic rocket capable of carrying a heavy nuclear warhead. After the missile launch on May 14, the United States, Japan, and South Korea called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to demand that North Korea alter its current aggressive course and begin dismantling its missile and nuclear programs. "You have to pick a side".

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

Kim said this USA policy is "the root cause of all problems". As for Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, according to AFP, that the most recent ballistic missile test was risky, but he also warned against attempts to "intimidate" North Korea.

Kim accused the council of playing "to the tune of the US again" and protested the Trump administration's demand for countries to choose allegiance between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, his country's official name.

Other reports by GizPress

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