S Korea president says 'high possibility' of conflict with North

S Korea president says 'high possibility' of conflict with North

S Korea president says 'high possibility' of conflict with North

Its latest ballistic missile launch, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, was on Sunday which it said was a test of its capability to carry a "large-size heavy nuclear warhead", drawing Security Council condemnation.

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists (on) its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", Kim said.

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", said Lee.

Speaking to reporters, Kim hailed the test launch and said that if the Trump administration wants peace on the divided Korean Peninsula, it should replace the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy. The North defends its weapons programs as necessary to counter US hostility and regularly threatens to destroy the United States.

Hong Seok-hyun, a former ambassador to the United States, met with Trump for 15 minutes at the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner by Trump's side, according to South Korean television network JTBC. "The unsafe behavior by North Korea is not just a threat to the Korean Peninsula", he said, "it's a threat to Japan, it's a threat to China, it's a threat to Russian Federation - let me say that again... it's a threat to Russian Federation - it's a threat to the United States, it's a threat to the entire world".

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense was not discussed in Hong's meeting with President Donald Trump, he said.

North Korea's deputy U.N. envoy said on Friday that the United States needed to roll back its "hostile policy" toward the country before there could be talks between the pair.

"The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of special significance in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and it is the greatest victory of the Korean people", Xinhau news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Trump warned this month that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible, and in a show of force, sent the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to Korean waters to conduct drills with South Korea and Japan. Harris insisted that dealing with the threat of a nuclear North Korea was not just a regional or a US problem (given that the USA bears the brunt of much of North Korea's bellicose language), but a world problem.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.