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President Moon Jae-in's special envoys to US, Japan to depart Wednesday

Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 11:26

During a meeting in Seoul on Tuesday, South Korean and US officials described guidelines the two allies would follow in dealing with North Korea, which tested a powerful missile on Sunday.

McDowell said the increased velocity and altitude and the range of the launched missile, which appeared to be an improved version of the mid-range Musudan model, indicate that the communist state might have advanced its missile capabilities through its test launches over the years.

North Korea warned the USA about its recent military drills with South Korea as well as its missile defense system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), installed in South Korea in April.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused North Korea on Tuesday of intimidating the entire worldwide community with its nuclear program, military ability and cyberattacks, and said any country that doesn't implement U.N. sanctions is supporting Pyongyang's actions.

In a unanimous statement, the 15-member UN Security Council on Monday said it was of vital importance that North Korea show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions".

The election of Moon Jae-in as the next president of South Korea offers hope that the US Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be withdrawn from the country soon after it was installed there, peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik on Tuesday.

The spokeswoman said that Lee's visit represents the new government's will to communicate with Beijing and its emphasis on China-South Korea relations.

DPRK are the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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The agreement on the summit was reached at a meeting between Matt Pottinger, a senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council of the White House and Chung Eui-yong, a former South Korean ambassador to Geneva who now leads Moon's security and diplomatic task force.

She indicated Washington and Beijing had agreed they would take action if a new test looked to be long range and leaning toward an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

"We should understand that just because a liberal president has been elected, it doesn't mean that Pyongyang is going to suddenly stop testing", Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval Analyses, told VOA.

The Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has stiffened them in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

Also Tuesday, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the top American military officer in the Pacific, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to discuss the North Korean missile launch.

"Now is the time to put pressure on North Korea", Abe said.

"Sanctions are not an end to themselves, that is true, but sanctions are one of the best ways that we have to demonstrate in a united way the determination of the Security Council to press the regime in Pyongyang to change its approach", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters. "But the magnitude of the nuclear crisis requires restructuring the way in which the South Korean government deals with North Korea, achieving domestic consensus, and shoring up worldwide support for its efforts".

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