Trump willing to use engagement on North Korea crisis: South Korea envoy


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.

US President Donald Trump is looking forward to working closely with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in and is willing to make peace with North Korea through engagement if the conditions are right, according to a top Seoul envoy.

Noting the North Korean leader is not afraid to fail in public, Harris said every test Kim conducts is a success, because it helps bring the North closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world. "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 on the table is the deployment of the US missile defense system THAAD to South Korea which has placed great strain in Seoul-Beijing ties in recent months.

But while President Trump has hinted at a willingness to pursue peace with North Korea, a former unification policy advisor expressed skepticism about whether the President's statement would result in action.

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It was the first time Trump has met with a South Korean official since taking office.

Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese leaders that he said focused on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

Ahead of an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council in NY on Tuesday, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hinted that the U.S. would be pushing for new sanctions against North Korea, and that the U.S. planned to "call out" and sanction nations which continued to support the DPRK.