Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on conditions: Seoul

U.S. President Donald Trump has said his administration would be willing to pursue engagement and “peace” with North Korea if certain conditions were met, Hong Seok-hyun, a top South Korean government envoy, told media in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Hong Seok-hyun, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special emissary to the USA, traveled to the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Trump, where they held a discussion lasting for around ten minutes.

President Moon Jae-in’s special envoy to China Lee Hae-chan is en route to Beijing this morning for talks on a variety of issues, . including setting up a summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said North Korea is “closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world” and called for further coordination between the U.S., Japan and South Korea to deal with the threat.

He said the latest provocation affirms that the Kim regime is threatening global peace and stability, urging many countries around the world to strengthen their pressure on the North to make it give up its nuclear and missile programs. “He said, however, that what he’s willing to do is not talk for talk’s sake but for talks that produce an outcome”, the envoy said.

Also in attendance at the meeting were Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Any peace overtures will likely be dampened by the global community’s response to Sunday’s test by the North of the country’s new Hwasong-12 ballistic missile.

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