World S.Korea, China hold talks over N.Korea missile test, stalled diplomacy
Transcript: Kim Jong Un and the Northeast Asian Arms Race
Patrick Cronin: Thank you for joining Hudson Institute’s discussion today on Kim Jong-un and Arms Racing in Northeast Asia. I’m Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson, and I am delighted today to be joined by my distinguished colleague, Alex Wong, who among many other achievements recently served as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea at the State Department. Jean Lee of the Wilson Center, a pioneer in the on-the-ground reporting inside North Korea, and Ankit Panda, the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of the outstanding book, Kim Jong-un and the Bomb: Survi
By Hyonhee Shin
SEOUL (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of South Korea and China held talks in Seoul on Wednesday amid concerns over North Korea's recent missile test and stalled denuclearisation negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington.
The meeting came days after North Korea said it successfully tested a new, strategic long-range cruise missile last weekend, which analysts say could be the country's first such weapon with a nuclear capability.
The test underscored steady progress in Pyongyang's weapons programme amid a deadlock over talks aimed at dismantling the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in return for U.S. sanctions relief.
North Korea's latest ballistic missile test appeared to involve firing missiles out of train
North Korean state media said the "railway mobile missile system is an effective counter-striking means" and can "deal a heavy blow" to enemy forces.The test was carried out by the Railway Mobile Missile Regiment and was a kind of proof-of-concept evaluation of the practicality of the "railway mobile missile system," North Korean state media reported, noting that the system was "deployed for the first time for action" during this test.
South Korea's Chung Eui-yong met Wang Yi, who is also a state councillor, on the second day of a two-day visit, Seoul's foreign ministry said.
Chung vowed to continue fostering peace with the North, expressing hopes that the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing could provide a chance to kick-start that effort.
"We expect China will consistently support our government's Korea peninsula peace process," he told Wang at the start of the talks.
"We wish that the Northeast Asia relay of the Olympics, from Pyeongchang in 2018 to Tokyo in 2021 to Beijing in 2022, will be held successfully as an epidemic-free, safe and peaceful Games."
Wang asked for further cooperation to expand common interests and "more quickly, stably and fully" strengthen diplomatic ties which mark their 30th anniversary next year.
South Korea Plans 'Comprehensive Review' of North Korea Policy Amid Talks with U.S., Japan
A South Korean Unification Ministry official told Newsweek that the country would "make a comprehensive review on its policy stance including its foreign policy."The review and trilateral discussion held Tuesday in Tokyo take place in the wake of a North Korea military parade last Thursday, which was followed by the test-firing of long-range cruise missiles on Saturday and Sunday.
Both sides held a separate meeting to map out steps to boost cultural exchanges, which have been scaled back in recent years amid China's backlash over a U.S. missile defence system installed in South Korea.
Seoul and Washington say the equipment is designed to counter North Korean missiles, but Beijing argues the system's powerful radar can penetrate into its territory.
On Tuesday, the chief nuclear negotiators of South Korea, the United States and Japan met in Tokyo, during which they agreed on the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy to resume denuclearisation talks, according to South Korea's foreign ministry.
The U.S. envoy, Sung Kim, said during the meeting that Washington has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang and hopes it will respond to offers for talks.
China, North Korea's sole major ally, has played a key role in efforts to press it to dismantle its nuclear programmes.
(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Michael Perry)
North Korean Missile Tested Over Weekend Can Hit 932 Miles, Within Reach of U.S. Military .
In Japan, the missile can hit approximately 80 U.S. military installations except those at the northernmost tip of the nation. Whereas in South Korea, the missile could reach all 73 U.S. military bases. Experts believe North Korea is using the missile launches to pressure the U.S. into relieving imposed economic sanctions. Talks between the two countries regarding North Korea abandoning its nuclear arms program have been stalled for two years, and the nation's leader Kim Jong Un has shown no indication of restarting talks with President Joe Biden.