Moon Calls N. Korea's Missile Launch Serious Threat

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has called for an immediate halt to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, and U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood said yesterday that China's leverage was key and Beijing could do more.

But the United States will not have any dialogue with the North for the sake of dialogue and the use of pressure was the premise in the approach to Pyongyang, Hong quoted Trump as saying, according to Yonhap.

The meeting came just days after North Korea successfully test-fired a new intermediate-range ballistic missile Sunday demonstrating the big strides that the regime has made in its pursuit of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the US.

The Security Council "strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches" conducted by Pyongyang on April 28 and May 13, the 15-nation UN body said in a press statement.

That raised worries in Tokyo that the issue could again hinder ties, at a time when both countries are seeking unity to face the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

The U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the United States believed it could persuade China to impose new U.N. sanctions on North Korea and warned that Washington would "call out" states supporting Pyongyang and target them with sanctions too.

South Korean companies, from vehicle makers to retailers and cosmetics firms, have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over Seoul's decision to deploy the missile system.

"I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula".

A special envoy representing Moon is due to visit China on Thursday for talks on THAAD and the overall bilateral relationship.

The two countries are reviewing holding a summit between President Moon and Abe on the sidelines of an upcoming G-20 summit in Hamburg in July.

Speaking to Lee, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there had been some "undeserved setbacks" in relations this year, in apparent reference to THAAD.

South Korea says it wants to re-establish lines of communication with North Korea, as new President Moon Jae-in seeks a two-track policy involving sanctions and dialogue with its reclusive neighbour to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.

He said the two countries have built up friendly relations in many areas, but that there are also many problems between Korea and Japan.

Special envoy Hong Seok-hyun left for the United States, also planning to discuss North Korea and the upcoming meeting of South Korean and U.S. leaders, the media outlet added.

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