Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

They were expected to discuss ways of containing North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities as well as the economic fallout over the deployment in South Korea of the US missile defense system called THAAD.

The growing threats from the North prompted Seoul to recently deploy a powerful U.S. anti-missile system despite angry opposition by China that sees it as a threat to its own military capability.

North Korea has made no secret of its work to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

Haley was asked about the comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing on Monday who called North Korea's nuclear and missile tests "unacceptable" but also said the United States should stop intimidating Pyongyang, to which she replied, "What about North Korea intimidating us?"

North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch on Sunday marked a major setback in efforts to end the threat of conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

On Thursday, Hong, a former newspaper president who served as South Korea's ambassador to the U.S. in 2005, visited Congress for a series of meetings with senators and congressmen who have played key roles in enhancing relations between the two countries.

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The latest launch appeared to fulfill both criteria, Haley said, "so I believe that China will stay true to that, and that we'll come together on how we're going to do that". "We have not seen anything from them in the past week but we are encouraging them to continue moving forward".

Thousands of citizens gathered on Thursday to cheer on the scientists over the successful launch of Hwasong 12, the medium-range missile fired on Sunday, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. The North Koreans sent a rocket high into space, testing the conditions an intercontinental ballistic missile would need to survive and signaling the outlaw nation's potential to destabilize global security. Any one of which would make any nuclear device North Korea can make look like a firecracker.

Han said the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system detected the missile, marking the first time it had been put to use since its deployment.

Before an emergency meeting of the council Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley declared: "You either support North Korea or you don't, but you have to choose".

Haley said the US was still working on persuading China and Russian Federation to support stronger sanctions against North Korea, to which end she "pointedly reminded Russian Federation that the North's latest missile test had reached close to Russia's border", as the New York Times puts it.

"President Moon said he understands China's interest in the THAAD deployment and its concerns, and said he hopes the two countries can swiftly get on with communication to further improve each other's understanding", Yoon told a briefing.

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