Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has observed a test-firing of a new midrange missile the country is developing to cope with growing threats from North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday invited North Korea to the Winter Olympic Games to be held in the country early next year, while welcoming a North Korean delegation to the World Taekwondo Championships.

The European Union made a decision to take part in the efforts of ending the nuclear program of North Korea as their officials, together with those from South Korea and China, believe sanctions are not enough to persuade the Kim Jong Un-led country to stop their nuclear tests.

South Korea on Friday conducted a missile test aimed at sending warning to North Korea's repeated provocations.

South Korea, the United States and other regional powers said it was a cover for testing the North's ballistic missile technology, which is banned under a United Nations resolution.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China opposed any action that violated UN Security Council resolutions and called for restraint from all parties.

Since hosting China's President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago Club in April, President Trump hoped China would help de-escalate tensions in the region following a series of ballistic missile tests, the report said.

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The hermit kingdom put a moratorium on its weapons program in 2012 in exchange for food from the USA, but the deal fell apart when North Korea launched a rocket two months later.

"China understands that the United States regards North Korea as our top security threat", Tillerson told reporters Wednesday.

Despite sanctions and worldwide pressure, North Korea has repeatedly vowed to further develop its missile and nuclear weapons program, viewing it as a deterrent against what it claims is Washington's hostile policy against it.

The military said the missile, a Hyunmoo-2 with a range of up to 800 kilometers (nearly 500 miles), hit its target accurately.

"Our people will feel proud and safe after seeing that our missile capability doesn't trail North Korea's", Park quoted Moon as saying.

It was the second such test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor, which is being developed by Raytheon.

The Friday test-launch of the Hyunmoo-2 missile marked the fourth successful one.