All eyes were on France as South Korea elected pro-China president

Henrietta Strickland
May 12, 2017

His appointment requires parliamentary approval.

The newspaper said that Moon's election put an end to the nine-year reign of conservative governments led by Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye.

"I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security". "If needed, I will fly straight to Washington". Moon said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Ex-Whitehouse advisor Victor Cha, in his book The Impossible State, said it let North Koreans keep "both hands in their southern brethren's deep pockets".

Reinforcing his stance, Moon appointed two top aides with experience in dealing with North Korea.

"A U.S. -ROK [South Korea] alliance that integrates American pressure and South Korean engagement that includes an emphasis on denuclearization as an objective of [North Korean] policy, that could be a winning formula", Jannuzi said.

Therefore, South Korea is doing the right thing under the leadership of President Moon to position itself in a more conciliatory tone to DPRK through peaceful dialog with each other rather than warmongering.

Moon's approach invokes the so-called "sunshine policy" of South Korea during presidencies of Kim Dae-jung and Rho Moo-hyun.

"I mean, he has made threats about turning the United States into ashes and he connected the satellite program to this in public statements to deter us from attacking", Pry said.

He met leaders of opposition parties before his simple swearing-in ceremony in Parliament, and promised to coordinate better with them on issues of national security.

Office workers and passers-by lined the streets as Moon's motorcade passed through central Seoul en route to the presidential Blue House.

Moon waved to well-wishers through the sunroof of his limousine, which was flanked by police motorbikes.

South Korea had to look on as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their respective talks with Trump. However, US taking unilateral action would be unwise given that its allies South Korea and Japan are within range of North Korean missiles and artillery.

Beijing opposes the system, arguing that its radar systems allow the USA and South Korea to spy on nearby Chinese military, and has imposed unofficial sanctions on South Korean companies operating in China.

The North Korean regime is working to flawless a military strategy whereby it positions its two satellites over the United States in space to deliver a devastating EMP strike in the event of a military confrontation with the U.S., Pry claimed.

Moon came to power with a promise to review the system and he told Xi North Korea must cease making provocations before tension over the deployment could be resolved, officials said. The regime could then use the positioning of the satellites and their capability to deliver a crippling EMP attack as a bargaining chip if the USA threatens missile strikes or any other form of military action against the country.

"South Korea has tremendous influence in the global community on this issue, and that in itself is a challenge for President Trump", Straub said, noting that Kim Dae-jung and Roh both bad-mouthed President George W. Bush's approach at that time.

North Korea's military manpower has been growing but remains well below South Korea, which ranked 11th in the world, according to an annual ranking of the world's armed forces. It has conducted its fifth nuclear test and a series of missile launches since the start of a year ago, ratcheting up tension. Moon may oppose Trump's drive to isolate the North.

In one of his first acts as president, Mr Moon spoke by telephone with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lee Sun-jin.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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