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South Korea prepares for summit with United States - ministry

20 May 2017

The top US commander in the Pacific, meanwhile, warned that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is "a recipe for disaster", three days after the communist state test-fired what some said was its most successful missile.

While FireEye researcher John Miller, too, said U.S. and European security officials maintain it was too early to say who is behind the attack, they did not rule out North Korea as a suspect.

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he wants to reopen the Kaesong complex as he aims to pursue dialogue and engagement as well as pressure in dealing with the North.

The North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programmes, even from its lone ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

They were referring to a recent meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Asean officials in Washington, during which Tillerson called on Asean countries to degrade diplomatic ties and cut interactions with North Korea.

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China for its part has been infuriated by the US deployment of an advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tension with Pyongyang. It has retaliated against Seoul by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers.

Haley's comments at the United Nations, alongside ambassadors from Japan and South Korea, came days after North Korea tested another ballistic missile.

But a senior North Korean diplomat has said Pyongyang is also open to having talks with Washington under the right conditions.

Meanwhile, new South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday (17 May) said there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea.

Numerous launches were considered failures, but experts said the one fired Sunday was a clear success and showed the country was making major advances. A separate summit could also be held the following month, Lee said.

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Speaking to Lee, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there had been some "undeserved setbacks" in relations this year, in apparent reference to THAAD.

Later in the song, they refer to South Korea, saying, "this time, kid, you're going too far" and "your big brother's annoyed", a nod to China's view of itself as the pre-eminent political and economic power in northeast Asia.

"Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China", the newspaper said. His envoy for Russian Federation will leave next week.

"China is willing to make efforts with all sides, including South Korea, to take even more practical efforts and uphold resolving the nuclear issue on the peninsula via dialogue", the ministry cited Wang as saying.

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South Korea prepares for summit with United States - ministry