North Korea poses threat to China, Russia

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The United States has been discussing possible new UN sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbour China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck in a regular media briefing said: "the fact that Trump said he will not have talks for the sake of talks reiterated our joint stance that we are open to dialogue but the right situation must be formed". "The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet". It has also regularly threatened South Korea and Japan of strikes for colluding with the United States.

The Security Council on Monday condemned the North's latest missile test and warned of new sanctions.

Last week, Moon Jae-in won the presidential election by campaigning on a more moderate approach to the North.

But he has said the North must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible.

South Korea marked the anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising on Thursday with new President Moon Jae-in leading a large crowd in singing an iconic song of protest, a symbolic closure to almost a decade of conservative rule.

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The issue of THAAD deployment on the peninsula was not raised during Hong's discussions with Trump, but the former South Korean diplomat said the US missile defense system was addressed during a separate meeting with Gen. McMaster. Hong said he would discuss North Korea with high-ranking officials in Washington.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump had said that he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system that detected Sunday's launch. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed.

Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said North Korea is "closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world" and called for further coordination between the U.S., Japan and South Korea to deal with the threat.

Spokesman Cho explained the US president's remarks are in line with what President Moon Jae-in told a National Security Council meeting last Sunday when he said that talks with North Korea will be possible only when there is change in the North's attitude. She also added that any country that doesn't implement the United Nations sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions.

"It is actually North Korea trying to intimidate the worldwide community", Haley said, "and Russian Federation itself should be concerned because that ballistic missile test was a signal to South Korea for their new elections, it was a signal to Russian Federation in how close it got, it was a signal to Japan being in the region, and it was a signal to us".

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