"Though we're now at the stage of pressure and sanctions, he said he has a willingness to make peace through the so-called engagement if certain conditions are right", Yonhap news agency cited new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoy Hong Seok-hyun as saying after Hong's 15-minute meeting with Trump.
North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs, even from China, its lone major ally.
At the United Nations, North Korea's deputy ambassador, Kim In Ryong, was defiant.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a "major, major conflict" with the North was possible, but he said he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programs. "The unsafe behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean Peninsula", he said, "it's a threat to Japan, it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russian Federation - let me say that again... it's a threat to Russian Federation - it's a threat to the United States, it's a threat to the entire world".
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At the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the missile test showed North Korea isn't heeding cautions from the worldwide community.
As about Haley's comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China would work hard at reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula and finding a peaceful resolution.
North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.
Guiding a long-range missile to a target on return to Earth is a key technological hurdle that North Korea must overcome in trying to ideal a missile that could threaten the United States.
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The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.
The issue of THAAD deployment on the peninsula was not raised during Hong's discussions with Trump, but the former South Korean diplomat said the US missile defense system was addressed during a separate meeting with Gen. McMaster.
"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.
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