Trump hails China's move to send envoy to N.Korea

Elias Hubbard
November 19, 2017

North Korea has said it can not abandon its nuclear programme, which it says is necessary as a deterrent to a U.S. threat. "So long as they stop testing, stop developing, they don't export their weapons, there would be opportunity for talks", a Reuters report quoted Mattis as telling reporters on November 16 on board an Air Force aircraft to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs.

While Washington has said that all options, including military, are on the table in dealing with North Korea, it has stressed its preference is for a diplomatic solution. "My concern is that we get something out there quickly that will pressure North Korea to negotiate", Postol told The NYT.

Yun, in particular, will likely use the meeting as a chance to share Washington's North Korea policy after U.S. President Donald Trump wrapped up his recent 12-day Asia trip that included stops in South Korea and China.

Han, asked about those bilateral talks in Seoul, replied: "As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the USA and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations".

Trump has previously called negotiations with the isolated nation a waste of time.

On Wednesday, China announced a plan to send a special envoy to North Korea to explain the outcome of its 19th party congress held last month in a surprise move given their frayed ties over Pyongyang's continued missile and nuclear tests. The message was seen as an acknowledgement that the U.S. can not wage military action against North Korea independently.

Mattis said the United States military was closely watching why there had been no missile launches recently, but declined to give potential reasons for it.

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, held bilateral talks with his USA counterpart Joseph Yun on the southern resort island of Jeju. On the issue of trilateral military cooperation with South Korea and Japan, Schriver said the North Korean threat "compels [the three sides] to work together", adding that he hoped to contribute to that if confirmed.

In Colorado, Mattis will visit the US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), which are responsible for homeland defence, including tracking and potentially intercepting North Korean missiles.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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