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China's Xi Jinping willing to put South Korea ties back on track

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Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 18:56

Haley said the worldwide community wants to be able to support North Korea, but as long as it continues trying to grow its nuclear programme with missile tests, North Korea would remain an "island".

A TV screen shows images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul.

South Korea's unification ministry expressed a need to reopen an inter-Korean communication hotline, which was severed early previous year following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

National independence and peaceful unification also can not be materialized as long as the South follows foreign forces that plot to divide the Korean Peninsula permanently and invade the North, the commentary said.

North Korea, on various occasions, has announced that it seeks to develop a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with the ability to strike the United States mainland.

Lee also delivered Moon's letter, expressing his gratitude for last week's phone call and congratulations on the president's inauguration.

North Korea's new strategic ballistic missile, called Hwasong-12, was sacked on Sunday and flew 489 miles on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 1,312 miles, North Korean official news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters.

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"He [Moon] may seek opportunities to change the mood, but it's very unlikely for him to change under the current mood, unless there's a real genuine gesture coming from North Korea on nuclear front".

On last Sunday, May 14, North Korea tested the Hwasong-12 the longest range missile it has ever tested and was claimed to be capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

However, North Korea does not seem willing to stop its missile launches, including nuclear ones. "Absolutely, sanctions is something that we are looking at and we are going to continue to see where that takes us". Fourteen years ago, he came as a representative of South Korea president Roh Moo-hyun. It was a point that was also made by Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, called on Seoul on Friday to "respect China's major concerns and properly handle the issue of the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system", according to the official Xinhua new agency. "The Chinese public has no interest in the complexities of missile defense systems".

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United States: "What about North Korea intimidating us?" Hecker estimates that Pyongyang has enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium to produce 20 to 25 nuclear weapons and said there is "no conceivable way" the USA could destroy them all with a preemptive strike.

Japan will have a little more time to prepare, but not much, with scientists estimating that it would take 10 to 11 minutes before a missile from the North would reach Tokyo.

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