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U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris Jr. answers questions during a speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Tokyo.

President Moon Jae-in is set to meet with the floor leaders of the five major parties later this week to call for their support in state management, a senior presidential official said Wednesday.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, which "accurately hit" the targeted open waters 787 km away after flying to a maximum altitude of 2,111.5 km.

Communications were severed by the North past year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea's fifth nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North.

"Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic technology in the hands of a volatile leader like Kim Jong-un is a recipe for a disaster", Harris said.

A spokesman of North Korea Foreign Ministry said that Pyongyang "categorically and totally rejects the UNSC's statement which called into question its bolstering of nuclear deterrence for self-defense", according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"We are willing to talk, but not until we see a total stop of the nuclear process and of any test there", the USA envoy, Nikki Haley, told reporters ahead of a closed-door Security Council meeting. 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.

Hong said South Korea had not yet received official word from Washington on whether it should pay for an anti-missile USA radar system that has been deployed outside Seoul.

Moon met Matt Pottinger, overseeing Asian affairs at the US National Security Council, on Tuesday and said he hoped to continue to have "sufficient, close discussions" between Seoul and Washington, the Blue House press secretary told a briefing.

The Security Council on Monday condemned the North's latest missile test and warned of new sanctions.

Haley also said that the United States would consider dialog with Pyongyang only if it stopped all nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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