Korean officials seek to mend rift with meetings

South Korean President Moon Jae-in waits in a line to get meals after a hike with journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul

One North Korea observer said the situation was very similar to the year 2000, when a successful ROK-DPRK Summit later lead to U.S. -DPRK talks. That means the Trump administration has eased its conditions for dialogue from "abandoning all nuclear programs" to a freezing of them.

Even though plans for the USA missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula have been slammed by China and Russian Federation which deem it detrimental to their security, Chinese state media and North Korea's official news agency have recently been engaged in a war of words.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Mr Wright and Rocket analyst Markus Schiller, of German company ST Analytics, described what would happen in the immediate aftermath of a North Korea attack on the US.

Donald Trump would have 10 minutes to decide whether to launch a retaliatory attack against North Korea should Pyongyang ever be able to fire a missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, experts said. He said: "We should fly, by able to fly and operate wherever global law allows".

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to hold a cabinet rank, pledged that the US plans to "tighten the screws" on North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The Seoul mayor is the seventh special envoy to be named by Moon since the new South Korean leader came into office last Wednesday. In March, South Korean officials voiced concerns that Beijing was limiting tourism to their country as an unofficial sanction. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed.

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"Stopping the deployment of THAAD is the bottom line of China", the newspaper said. "It can be controlled and reversed by Beijing".

He is quoted as saying that South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for U.S. missile defense THAAD.

Experts fear that this test represents a big step forward in the drive to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that would threaten the mainland United States.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr., who leads U.S. Pacific Command, cautioned against gloating over the fact the North still has work to do to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and flawless re-entry technology.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's bodyguard Choi Young-jae has taken Twitter by storm, with all eyes ogling this face in the president's security detail, dubbed as the "handsome brigade".

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

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