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Korean missile test may show progress toward ICBM, experts say

Korean missile test may show progress toward ICBM, experts say

That echoed sentiments expressed Thursday by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who said relations were at a "crossroads" and told Lee he hoped South Korea would "correct the problems we have encountered".

Mr. Lee said South Korean President Moon Jae-In had dispatched him to China to keep communications open between the two countries "at a critical time".

China retaliated against Seoul's deployment of the THAAD missile defense system by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers.

South Korean special envoy Lee Hae-chan (C) arrives at the Great Hall of the People for a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping (unseen), in Beijing, China May 19, 2017.

The official [North] Korean Central News Agency said Kim "warned the US not to disregard or misjudge the reality that its mainland and Pacific region operations are in [North Korea's] sighting range for a strike and that it has all powerful means for a retaliatory strike".

THAAD is aimed at guarding against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, but China fears it will upset the regional security balance.

Also Tuesday, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the top American military officer in the Pacific, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo to discuss the North Korean missile launch.

Pakistan firing over disputed Kashmir border kills two, India says
Earlier, two civilians were killed in the ceasefire violation, to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply. Her injured husband, 40-year-old Mohammad Haneef, has been given a compensation of Rs 1 lakh.

South Korea has complained that some of its companies doing business in China have faced discrimination in retaliation for the THAAD deployment.

Last year, there were reports that China had stopped giving approval to performers of Korean pop music, or "K-pop", to play shows in China, on the heels of Seoul signing the agreement to host THAAD.

Shares in Lotte Shopping 023530.KS reversed earlier losses to rise 1.5 percent, while Hotel Shilla 008770.KS , South Korea's second-largest duty free store operator, rose 2.8 percent.

"We now need to apply pressure on North Korea, and Japan and the United States need to coordinate closely so as to apply pressure", Abe told reporters. China sees THAAD as a threat to the regional security balance.

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.

Before leaving, Lee said a summit between Xi and Moon could happen as soon as July, on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Germany.

Moon has sent envoys to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union this week in what the government calls "pre-emptive diplomacy".


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