New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June

Frederick Owens
May 17, 2017

North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test early Sunday, claiming the US was within its sights and it had the capability to fire a large nuclear warhead. The exact date and agenda will be decided through further discussions, Yoon said.

"It is actually North Korea trying to intimidate the global community", Haley said, "and Russian Federation itself should be concerned because that ballistic missile test was a signal to South Korea for their new elections, it was a signal to Russian Federation in how close it got, it was a signal to Japan being in the region, and it was a signal to us".

SEOUL: South Korea's left-leaning new leader Moon Jae-In will travel to the United States for a summit with President Donald Trump next month, Moon's spokesman said on Tuesday, amid high tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions.

Tuesday's agreement came as President Moon Jae-in's security advisers met with visiting representatives from the US National Security Council ahead of a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

Pottinger held talks with Chung Eui-yong, current head of Moon's security and diplomatic task force, at 1030 KST on Tuesday at the Blue House.

"The United States is not past looking at third country entities who are helping North Korea and putting sanctions on them", Haley said.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the launch site of the new ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, on Sunday.

South Korea's new government joined hands with the USA on Tuesday to commit to "bold and practical" ways to denuclearise North Korea, Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Haley said the global community wants to be able to support North Korea, but as long as it continues trying to grow its nuclear program with missile tests, North Korea would remain an "island". "We will prepare the summit meeting so it could serve as an opportunity for both leaders to develop their personal bond and friendship".

The allies agreed that dialogue with North Korea could happen under the "right conditions", Yoon said.

Moon was sworn in on May 10, vowing to "do whatever I can to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula", including a possible visit to North Korea.

Pottinger told reporters outside the foreign ministry building in Seoul that he and Lee discussed a broad range of issues, including the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system. Moon has criticized Park's hard line against the North, saying the approach did nothing to prevent the North from expanding its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal and only reduced Seoul's voice in global efforts to deal with its rival.

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