United States wants to bring North Korea 'to path of dialogue'

United States wants to bring North Korea 'to path of dialogue'

They described North Korea as an "urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority", supplanting the Islamic State.

The U.S. military started moving parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday, triggering protests from villagers and criticism from China.

North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting U.S. President Donald Trump.

"What we are endeavoring to do is work with partners in the region and others to isolate the North Korean ballistic missile program and the nuclear program from any sort of external support", the official continued.

The meeting occurred as the US continued to deploy parts of a missile defense system to South Korea, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

The earlier-than-expected steps to deploy system were denounced both by China, and the frontrunner in South Korea's presidential election on May 9.

Wednesday's briefings will focus on three key issues related to North Korea's nuclear program: intelligence about the North's capabilities; USA response options, including military ones; and how to get China and other countries to enforce existing economic sanctions on Pyongyang, along with ideas for new penalties.

Meanwhile, US senators have arrived in Washington for an extraordinary briefing on the threat posed by North Korea. According to the Yonhap news agency, the parts include two or three launchers, intercept missiles and radar.

They said it did not appear he had made up his mind on whether to use force against North Korea.

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The Chinese envoy for North Korea says China and Japan have agreed to coordinate in seeking to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and in urging North Korea to refrain from making further provocations.

"There's still time for THAAD to be actually up and running so we will fight until equipment is withdrawn from the site and ask South Korea's new government to reconsider", Kim told Reuters.

A mission press statement on Wednesday said North Korea will "surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the US imperialists".

A senior administration official said military preparations are underway in the chance that they become necessary regarding North Korea.

The White House said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will lead Wednesday's briefing, set to occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the West Wing.

However, the move has angered China, which said the advanced system would do little to deter the North, while destabilizing the regional security balance.

Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), also told the House Armed Services Committee that he is "encouraged" by China's recent efforts to influence North Korean behavior and he believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has noticed a change is afoot with regard to China".

The statement ends on a familiar note: "We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies", it reads.

Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, imposed sanctions on the North just over a year ago following a nuclear test and satellite launch by the North.

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