Xi, Moon agree denuclearising N.Korea 'common goal': Seoul

  • Xi, Moon agree denuclearising N.Korea 'common goal': Seoul

Xi, Moon agree denuclearising N.Korea 'common goal': Seoul

Moon told Xi that it would be easier to settle the missile-defense issue if North Korea wasn't engaging in provocations, the statement said. This, in turn, could alarm a more conservative Washington.

Moon's victory reverses more than a decade of conservative rule that has seen strong ties with the US, which maintains about 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea.

Moon, a liberal who favors dialogue with North Korea, won South Korea's elections on Wednesday, replacing impeached President Park Geun-hye. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang".

North Korea is believed to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test and is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, presenting President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security issue.

The South is also embroiled in a dispute with China over a controversial United States missile defence system, which Beijing sees as a threat.

There's widespread opposition in South Korea to the THAAD deployment and loud protests from China, which also sees the system as a security threat.

Moon needs to establish a different form of political communication, both with parliament and the people. Moon has stated that he will resume the Sunshine Policy, after it was abandoned a decade ago.

Nonetheless, aside from wanting to restore normal relations and trade with North Korea, Moon wants to have the same with China. Moon also said he would review the THAAD deployment.

South Korea's new president launched global efforts to defuse tension over North Korea's weapons development on Thursday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about a USA anti-missile system. But there are other avenues Moon could pursue.

Mr Moon asked Mr Xi to personally look into ways to resolve the damaging sanctions against South Korean businesses in China and also restrictions on Chinese tour groups coming to Korea. "If necessary, I will fly to Washington right away".

Moon expressed his hope for a meeting with Modi in the near future.

The Japanese and South Korean leaders agreed to meet with each other as soon as possible.

Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station aired two pictures showing what were described as Thaad components installed at a golf course in South Korea's Seongju county during a talk show, Yonhap News Agency reported.

During the 40-minute conversation he also proposed sending a special delegation to Beijing that will "exclusively discuss the Thaad and the North's nuclear issues", Mr Yoon said.

Japan is particularly concerned about the "comfort women" issue, a legacy of Japanese atrocities during the war that still haunts relations between the two sides.

Although it is still very early into Moon's presidency, and there are still many factors that could affect all outcomes, the doors to re-connect with Pyongyang have been open.

During his election campaign, Moon pledged to renegotiate the deal with Japan.

Unlike his predecessors, Moon was sworn in immediately after the polls.

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