South Korea's Moon warns high chance of clashes with North

Hong Seok-hyun envoy to the US

Harris said North Korea's nuclear and missile tests showed that the country was a "liability for China not and asset", and for showed the need for Beijing to do more rein in its neighbour.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China, Pyongyang's main ally, on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

President Trump is open to exploring engagement with North Korea under certain conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", he said.

A telephone line to North Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom may be reopened, more than a year after it was shut down after the closing of a jointly operated factory park.

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Matt Pottinger, overseeing Asian affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, on Tuesday, and afterward South Korea's presidential Blue House announced that Moon would meet Trump in Washington next month.

"North Korea launched a missile four days ago and claims to have succeeded in launching an intermediate-range ballistic missile", Mr. Moon said.

Haley said the US and China have been working on "a unified plan" on how to approach North Korea that would include stronger implementation of existing sanctions and tougher new sanctions.

They were referring to a recent meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Asean officials in Washington, during which Tillerson called on Asean countries to degrade diplomatic ties and cut interactions with North Korea.

In a press statement attached to its letter, North Korea's UN mission accused the United States of trying to intimidate countries into fully implementing UN sanctions by "openly threatening that they would be faced with "strong measures of sanction" by the U.S.".

Haley answered Putin and others who have made similar comments about the United States: "What about North Korea intimidating us?"

He also said there are many companies willing to invest in North Korea and if the North makes the right choice, it will be good for its development, according to Hong. Third, dialogue with North Korea is possible when the circumstances are right.

Photo Credit: AP 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.

Moon's admission comes against the backdrop of earlier South Korean statements that North Korea appears to be making greater progress with ballistic missiles than expected.

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