North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter USA aggression. -South Korea joint exercises, and that the drills should be suspended if North Korea agrees to end nuclear and missile provocations.

US President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Kim In Ryong also dismisses allegations that North Korea was behind the recent global cyberattacks as "ridiculous", saying "whenever something unusual happens it is the stereotype way of the United States and the hostile forces" to launch a campaign deliberately linking it to Pyongyang. That's according to South Korea's YonhapNews Agency, which cited a senior South Korean diplomat on the matter.

All 15 members of the Security Council including North Korea's closest ally China called the launch a violation of United Nations sanctions and vowed to take new measures, including additional sanctions.

China for its part has been infuriated by the U.S. deployment of an advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tension with Pyongyang.

More news: North Korea Missile Launch Tests Trump's China Outreach

South Korea and the U.S. say it is necessary to guard against North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons activities that threaten South Korea, Japan, U.S. territories and possibly even the continental United States.

South Korean retailer Lotte, which provided the land for the THAAD deployment, has also been boycotted by Chinese customers and seen construction halted on an amusement park it was building in northeastern China.

Before leaving Seoul for Beijing, Lee said Moon could meet Xi as early as July at a Group of 20 summit in Germany, while a separate meeting could also be possible in August. "I look forward to working with President Moon Jae-In, Dr. Hong Seok-Hyun, and Ambassador Ahn (Ho-young) in the months ahead to strengthen our alliance and friendship", he said.

"We're now at a crossroads in our relations", Wang told Lee as he urged the new South Korean administration to make a decision to "remove the obstacles" that stand in the way of healthy ties between the two Asian economic powerhouses. Although he has sometimes criticized the THAAD deployment, Moon has not said he will remove it. "We believe South Korea will bring clear measures to improve relations". His envoy for Russian Federation will leave next week.

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