South Korean President Moon Jae-In warned Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.
While North Korea claims the latest test launch of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads was conducted "in consideration of the safety of neighboring countries", Moon criticized Pyongyang's actions as a "serious challenge to global peace and stability". The Security Council condemned the test.
Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, a jubilant North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned his country's weapons could strike the United States of America mainland and Pacific holdings.
"There will be close cooperation between us. for a resolute and pragmatic plan for our joint goal toward the complete scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program", said Cho.
He said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S.
Mr Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach towards the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure.
North Korea has been "a flagrant menace for far too long", the statement said.
Hong told reporters that Trump said he understands the domestic issues around THAAD in South Korea. "The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", Mr Lee said.
"South Korea defense posture" against North Korea to "suppress war", Newsis reported. However, he did emphasize that Seoul and Tokyo key partners in countering North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
"We are now at the stage of pressure and sanctions, but under certain circumstances, we are willing to create peace (with Pyongyang) using engagement", President Trump told Hong Seok-hyun, an envoy for the recently elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Abe also struck a conciliatory note, saying: "With the new president, I wish to build future-oriented Japan-South Korea relations".
Envoy to United States will discuss THAAD deployment and North Korea; envoy to Japan held meeting on comfort women agreement Special envoys to the U.S. and Japan bearing a personal letter from President Moon Jae-in departed for Washington and Tokyo on May 17. Clashes between residents and police over the deployment of an advanced US anti-missile system highlight a divisive issue ahead of South Korea's presidential election on May 9. China's Foreign Ministry, in a later statement on its website, said Wang "fully explained" China's position on THAAD and asked South Korea to handle China's reasonable concerns appropriately.