"The US reaffirmed its strong commitment to the security and defence of South Korea", Yoon Young-chan, the top press secretary of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told the media. Such appeasement now would only invite still more aggressive behavior from Kim Jong-Un.
Nonetheless, North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear and missile-development program, holding another ballistic-missile test on Sunday, one that experts said could be a new type of missile.
The flashpoint border on the Yellow Sea also saw a South Korean naval submarine sinking with the loss of 46 lives in 2010.
South Korea's special envoy is expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida during his visit to discuss the most topical issues of bilateral relations, particularly the crisis on the Korean peninsula, the NHK broadcaster reported.
The growing threats from the North prompted Seoul to recently deploy a powerful USA anti-missile system despite angry opposition by China that sees it as a threat to its own military capability.
OM : Vainqueur n'est toujours pas fixé
Prêté par l'AS Rome à l'OM, William Vainqueur s'est imposé cette saison en tant que patron de l'entrejeu marseillais. À l'approche du mercato , le milieu de terrain attend la fin de saison avant de négocier quant à son avenir.
The agreement came at a meeting between South Korean officials and U.S. National Security Council (NSC) officials.
Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have ramped up in recent weeks with the Trump administration saying military action was an option under consideration and the North threatening massive retaliation. He was quoted as saying that while South Korea remained open to dialogue, it would only be possible "when North Korea shows a change in attitude".
China also plays an important role in the picture.
There is a new situation on the Korean Peninsula. In fact, in his conversation with Ms. Merkel, Mr. Moon called Germany "a nation that deeply understands the tragedy and pain of a divided country".
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