The South Korean navy destroyer Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the sea phase Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014, July 7, 2014. (AFP/US NAVY/Martin Wright/HANDOUT)
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South Korea Thursday condemned a series of missile launches by nuclear-armed North Korea as a "serious provocation" that threatened stability on the peninsula.U.N. resolutions bar the North from conducting any ballistic missile tests.China is North Korea's sole major ally, but while Xi has met four times with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye he has yet to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.In between the launches, the North has extended a number of apparent olive branches to the South, including a proposal for both sides to halt all provocative military activity.
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