United States would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop: Haley

United States would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop: Haley

Haley previously indicated that new sanctions could target oil, a critical import for North Korea mainly from China, and she said Tuesday the USA also wants sanctions on organizations and businesses in countries that are helping Pyongyang.

South Korea's newly inaugurated President Moon Jae-in has admitted that there was a "high possibility" of a war with North Korea over the latter's ongoing provocations, even though he is known to favor engagement rather than a harsher stance vis-à-vis Kim Jong-un's regime.

Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.

While the outside world condemns North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, inside the country, state media say the weapons are needed to defend against a perceived threat from the United States and South Korea.

The North, which has defied all calls to rein in its weapons programmes, even from its lone ally, China, has been working on a missile, mounted with a nuclear warhead, capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

He said Trump was also interested in achieving peace through dialogue with the North, although calling on sanctions for now to pressure Pyongyang.

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Meanwhile, Palestinian activists are calling for a "Day of Rage" when Trump visits the West Bank on Tuesday. Ronen Zeidel, an expert on the Middle East Affairs from the University of Haifa.

Mr Trump wants South Korea to pay for the system, but Mr Moon has said he will reconsider the deployment, because of strong domestic opposition and also because of Chinese anger that Thaad upsets the regional strategic status quo and its suspicions that it will be used to spy on it.

Following North Korea's ballistic missile launch on early Sunday, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) informed the South Korean military that the TPY-2 radar component of the recently stationed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system detected the North Korean missile, the intelligence sources said. North Korea is not as closed off from the world as some might think, but it has very few trade partners.

The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to its five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

During his speech, Harris also criticised China for standing in the way of United States freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. "There is no reason for North Korea to be having these actions outside of the fact they just choose to do so". A former human rights lawyer, he has made known his desire to improve relations with both North Korea and China, while insisting that the alliance with the United States will remain the anchor of Seoul's diplomacy and security. Moon was quoted as saying that while South Korea remained open to dialogue, it would only be possible "when North Korea shows a change in attitude".

The announcement came days after North Korea successfully tested a powerful new missile that analysts believe could reach Alaska when perfected.

Defences are also being built up to protect against a potential United States air raid as North Korea prepares for a war. Haley said, adding that Russian Federation had it "all wrong".

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