South Korea: North Korea fires unidentified 'projectile'

South Korea wants to reopen communications with North Korea, officials said yesterday.

But North Korea has defied all calls to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally, calling them legitimate self-defence.

North Korea says Sunday's launch tested the capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead" and its ambassador in Beijing said on Monday that Pyongyang would continue such test launches "any time, any place".

In an announcement reflecting a shift in South Korea's attitude to dealing with Pyongyang under President Moon Jae-in, Seoul's unification ministry said the channel of communication might be recovered to ease tensions with North Korea.

Though US President Donald Trump has expressed a willingness to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un under unspecified circumstances, after the test US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that such behavior "is not the way to sit down" with Trump.

He highlighted that North Korea can use their submarines and launch missiles anywhere in the world so this is a great concern.

"The possibility of dialogue is open, but provocations must be met with stern responses to prevent North Korea from making misjudgments", Moon said at a National Security Council meeting, according to The Korea Herald.

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Trump's senior officials who visited the region recently have already put the basis for the anti-Iran alliance into place. He also has spoken to Jewish and Hindu audiences at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the U.S.

Hong also told the news agency that Tillerson said many companies stood ready to invest in North Korea should Pyongyang make the right choices.

But it remains unclear whether it has the ability to make the weapons small enough to be mounted on a rocket, and it has never tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could reach, for example, the US.

North Korea's U.N. envoy on Friday warned that the United States should be prepared for "catastrophic consequences" if it presses for further sanctions against Pyongyang over its pursuit of what it considers nuclear deterrence for "self-defense" purposes.

Mr Moon's envoy to the United States, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok Hyun, left for Washington yesterday.

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.

Trump's comments could not immediately be independently verified. "Fourth, to achieve these goals, South Korea and the United States will pursue drastic and practical joint approaches".

North Korea's propaganda outlet Uriminjokkiri TV filed the footage containing testimony from what it insists is a terrorist and pieces of evidence about an alleged terror attempt against Kim.

  • Delia Davidson