South Korea Wants to Reopen Communication With North

South Korea Wants to Reopen Communication With North

South Korea Wants to Reopen Communication With North

Moon made his comments hours after South Korea, which hosts 28,500 USA troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and talks, to try to rein in its neighbour.

Trump had reportedly told him he wanted to help settle the nuclear issue with North Korea by working with recently elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

South Korea and the U.S. say it is necessary to guard against North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities that threaten South Korea, Japan, U.S. territories and possibly even the continental United States.

It conducted its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, on Sunday.

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", he said.

North Korea made a global appeal in a letter released on Friday for states to reconsider enforcing UN sanctions on the Asian nation as Washington seeks to step up pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The latest test launch comes amid increased tensions between North Korea and the USA under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Han Min-koo told South Korea's parliament that Sunday's test had been detected by the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system, which was deployed in South Korea last month, infuriating China.

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"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".

"From a year ago, the South Korea-China relationship suffered a setback which should not have happened, and this is an unwanted situation", Wang said at the meeting.

North Korea-affiliated media have frequently called on the new South Korean administration to "pursue peace diplomacy" that would require, from Pyongyang's position, Seoul's disengagement with the United States.

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The missile appeared to be similar in range and maximum altitude to the midrange missile that North Korea test-fired in February, an official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system that was tested had a shorter range than the missiles fired in North Korea's most recent tests.

While Moon did not back off of possible talks with North Korea, he added that he was not pleased with the missile launch, according to The Korea Herald.

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