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Korea-US summit will focus on reaffirming alliance: Moon

26 June 2017

In an interview with the The Washington Post's Lally Weymouth ahead of his first visit to the White House this week, Moon said he hopes Washington and Seoul will be able to present a united front to the world on the issue.

In a Sunday editorial published by the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, North Korea promised to continue its development of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles necessary to deliver them to any target on the planet, regardless of whether bilateral diplomatic negotiation takes place, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency.

Photo A component of the antimissile system rising above the tree line in Seongju this month.

On Thursday, North Korea carried out another test of a rocket engine as part of the program developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and reaching the USA mainland.

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"But I am here as an International Olympic Committee member of North Korea, and representing the IOC". Most flee across the porous frontier with neighbouring China.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Moon expressed doubt that Ms. Park's decision was in the country's best interest.

Pyongyang's patron, China, has also condemned THAAD while engaging in a costly unofficial trade war with South Korea over its decision to install the missile defense system.

As he and his conservative rivals have bickered over the system, it has become a crucial test of Mr. Moon's attitude toward the alliance with Washington. Moon will oversee the government's involvement in the final preparations for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.

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US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labelled North Korea as "the most urgent and risky threat" while Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons programme a top foreign policy priority.

Following the rally, the protesters moved to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul to lay siege to the embassy building in central Seoul before leaving the embassy area to stage protest marches.

A unified group could allow North Koreans to take part in team events such as ice hockey.

The South and the nuclear-armed North are separated by one of the world's most heavily-armed borders and remain technically at war after the Korean War ended with armistice in 1953 instead of a peace treaty, and Pyongyang boycotted the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

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"I would like to feel once again the moving emotions of the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the world applauded the athletes of South and North Korea marching together in the opening ceremony". "It was aimed to highlight the government's effort to follow the legitimate process for the deployment", it said in a statement.