Hero's welcome in Pyongyang for North Korea's missile developers

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in presides over National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul

Regarding the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile shield South Korea deployed in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, Tillerson was quoted as telling Hong that China "appears to be weakening its sanctions" on Lotte, the South Korean conglomerate that gave up a golf course for the battery.

Hong Seok-hyun, left, President Moon Jae-in's special envoy to the United States, poses for a photo with U.S. President Donald Trump, center, and South Korean ambassador to Washington Ahn Ho-young, right, in the Oval Office in the White House on Wednesday. Speaking in Japan, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Harry Harris not only maintained that the trilateral alliance between the United States, South Korea, and Japan must remain strong but that the world, but most notably China and Russian Federation, needed to work together to "bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses".

After the missile launch on May 14, the United States, Japan, and South Korea called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to demand that North Korea alter its current aggressive course and begin dismantling its missile and nuclear programs.

During the discussions, she also said, "We are not going to let North Korea to carry out as many test as they want". He added that North Korea was making "preparations against cruise missiles".

The tests have escalated tensions on the peninsula, and have been met with a hardening of rhetoric from Washington following Donald Trump's election as United States president. The meeting with Tillerson came a day after Hong met President Trump, who expressed hopes of engaging with Pyongyang to make peace through dialogue, but only if the conditions are right.' Later, Hong met with several members of Congress, including Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who's been vocal on North Korean affairs. Although the US "acknowledges" China's opposition, Tillerson urged China to "address the threat that makes Thaad necessary".

On Thursday, Hong held a series of meetings with U.S. Congress leaders, including Sen.

"I think the level of preconditions is quite high, and North Korea is supposed to take substantial activity first by refraining from the tests for a while before the atmosphere for talks starts to form".