Communications were severed by the North previous year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea's last nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.
As he chaired a meeting on North Korea at the Security Council on April 28, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for "a new approach" and "increased diplomatic and economic pressures" on North Korea.
"The North Korean forces would more or less be wiped out, (and) the US and South Korea would be suffering from fatigue, both militarily as well as politically".
Technically speaking, the communication lines are not physically cut, but the dialogue channel is not operating as North Korea has not responded to South Korean officials' daily contact over the phone.
Prof. Narushige Michishita says conflict with North Korea would unlikely lead to World War III.
He said the Korean peninsula may be an important strategic asset for the U.S. and China, but it was not important enough to trigger World War III.
North Korea's latest missile was sacked Sunday morning from the northwest city of Kusong, in North Pyongan Province, and flew about 700 kilometers (435 miles) before landing in the East Sea, near Russian territory.
The missile was sacked from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where the North in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range missile that it is believed to be developing.
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The North has consistently test-fired missiles in that direction.
The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss tightening sanctions on North Korea after it fired its latest ballistic missile. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test.
Despite the push for a tougher stance, Haley held out the prospect of direct talks with North Korea, saying "we are willing to talk but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there". The missile appears to be the longest-range missile tested to date.
A South Korean official said the government plans to review how to prepare for an inter-Korean summit anniversary event slated for June after taking into account its ties with North Korea and Pyongyang's nuclear issue, Yonhap reported on May 16.
He noted that because of the re-entry mastery that would be required on such a missile test, he believed that there was "pretty credible information" that Iran had helped North Korea. Trump has praised Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a "good man".
Pyongyang has regularly threatened to destroy the United States, which it accuses of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war by conducting recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.
Stars & Stripes reported that the USS Vinson's Asia patrol was "extended about a month amid a series of North Korean missile launches and speculation that the communist state could soon conduct a nuclear test".
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