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China says hopes new South Korean government will correct problems

China says hopes new South Korean government will correct problems

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On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson implored North Korea to help foster an atmosphere conducive to talks by ceasing its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests, asking them instead to "trust" the US' pledge of no hostility, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

North Korea on Sunday launched what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, claiming it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the USA mainland within reach. The test triggered a new US -backed push for a fresh round of United Nations sanctions against the North.

North Korea has repeatedly requested that an worldwide forum of legal experts be established by the United Nations to clarify the legal basis for the UN sanctions.

Haley said the global 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".

South Korea and the United States have agreed to use all means, "including sanctions and dialogue", to try to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons program, the South's presidential office said Tuesday after a meeting with an aide to President Donald Trump.

In the statement released by a spokesman for the government-backed Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC), Pyongyang said on Thursday that Seoul had "behaved indecently", referring to a National Security Council (NSC) meeting presided by Moon and the government's condemnation of the test.

Harris, however, stressed that China and Russian Federation, the North's traditional backers, can no longer look the other way. Hong said he would discuss North Korea with high-ranking officials in Washington.

"If you are supporting North Korea, you are against the rest of the worldwide community", Haley said. He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile.

The North also dismissed arguments that the missile launch was related to the inauguration of the Moon government. "You have to pick a side".

The remarks, made in a meeting with South Korea's special presidential envoy Hong Seok-hyun, is the latest in a series of signs that the USA may be moving toward dialogue and engagement with Pyongyang after months of exchanging saber-rattling and harsh rhetoric.

China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a "normal track", President Xi Jinping said on Friday, but Beijing also urged Seoul to respect its concerns and resolve tensions over the deployment of a USA anti-missile system that it opposes. China also is South Korea's most important trading partner, taking the lion's share of its exports and providing the largest share of its imports.

The United States is negotiating with Pyongyang ally China on strengthening UN sanctions.

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.