North Korea on Sunday, May 21, fired a midrange ballistic missile, USA and South Korean officials said, in the latest weapons test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea was possible and all options were on the table but wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically and peacefully, possibly through the use of economic sanctions.
A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang's allies China and Russian Federation.
Recently-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stated that there is a "high possibility" of military conflict with North Korea.
"The most impressive thing that I heard (from Tillerson) was that sanctions and pressure are not by themselves aimed at harassing North Korea, but are designed to create an opportunity for North Korea's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear program", Hong said.
Moon is a liberal who advocates a more conciliatory approach to North Korea compared with his conservative predecessor.
"We will make sure that everyone knows who you are and we will target those sanctions towards you as well", she told reporters, flanked by the United Nations ambassadors to Japan and South Korea. This shows the new ballistic missile may have been equipped with the nuclear warhead that was disclosed over a year ago.
It is noteworthy that the DPRK has celebrated the successful launch of Hwasong-12, which is not an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) but an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) with a maximum range of 5,000 km.
Regarding the North's Sunday test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, Harris said it posed a threat to not only the Korean Peninsula, but also to Japan, China, Russia, the USA and beyond.More news: Your lack of sleep is making you ugly
On Wednesday, Moon said he would never tolerate North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, and called on military readiness of a "combined U.S".
Kim Jong-Un stands with a ballistic missile at an undisclosed site in North Korea.
Envoy Tony Blair also told Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun during his 10-minute meeting at the White House that he would not hold talks with North Korea for talks.
China has strongly opposed THAAD, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.
Kim In Ryong told a news conference that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula, it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy, "the root cause of all problems".
"We have worked well with China", Haley said.
North Korea has celebrated the scientists and technicians behind its latest missile launch with a parade on the streets of Pyongyang, its state news agency reports.
Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from the USA on whether Seoul should pay for an anti-missile U.S. radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.
The United States has called on China to do more to rein in its roguish neighbor.