The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its neighbour.
Earlier, the French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, said that the UNSC is looking into a possible expansion of sanctions, promising a "strong" and "swift" retaliation to North Korea's latest breach of worldwide law.
He continued that while the Trump administration can try the same approaches, North Korea has "repeatedly demonstrated that it can withstand sanctions and that it will pocket whatever inducements we offer without abandoning its nuclear weapons program".
There should be no doubt that China has the means to crash the North Korean economy, if it wants to.
Although the devastating war between the democratic, wealthy south and the communist, impoverished north ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, there are channels of communication between them.
"I will never tolerate the North's provocations and nuclear threats", he said on a visit to the defence ministry, urging the South's military to adopt a "watertight defence posture".
On Sunday, North Korea tested its most powerful missile yet with some suggesting the missile, if proven in further tests, could reach Alaska and Hawaii if fired on a normal, instead of a lofted, trajectory.
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Last month, North Korea reconvened the Foreign Affairs Committee, which was abolished in the late 1990s, in what analysts saw as an attempt to improve relations with the outside world amid its deepening isolation.
Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the United States on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile USA radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.
Experts fear that this test represents a big step forward in the drive to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that would threaten the mainland United States.
During a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, said he was aware of Chinese worries about THAAD and asked Xi to help resolve difficulties facing South Korean businesses operating in China.
Despite the launch, which sparked worldwide condemnation and an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, President Trump has said he is "willing to create peace (with Pyongyang) using engagement", Hong told media on Wednesday. "The ministry has conducted several internal reviews about how to restore it, but nothing specific has been scheduled yet".
CD REV's Wang Zixin told The Associated Press that the group hopes to rally Chinese worldwide against the deployment of THAAD and demonstrate China's "tough stance" on the issue.
The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile tests in its quest to build a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States mainland. US President Donald Trump has recently made remarks to this end which have caused confusion in South Korea.
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