South Korea's new leader discusses North Korea, defence system with China's Xi

Elias Hubbard
May 13, 2017

The South Korean statement said Trump said North Korea's nuclear problem was hard, but one that could be resolved.

A big challenge will be U.S. President Donald Trump, who has proven himself unconventional in his approach to North Korea, swinging between intense pressure and threats and offers to talk.

South Korea has upset China, its biggest trading partner, by agreeing to the deployment of a USA missile defense system on its territory. His appointment requires parliamentary approval.

Mr Moon has also vowed to unify a divided country reeling from a corruption scandal which saw his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, impeached.

The daily said the key to solving problems in relations lies in Moon's hands.

State media said he was involved in the timber industry in Khabarovsk, which is one of the primary places North Koreans can go overseas to work. "I will go to Beijing and Tokyo, and even to Pyongyang under the right conditions.".

The two leaders agreed to exchange special envoys "at an early date" and Moon proposed sending a separate delegation to Beijing that will "exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North's nuclear issues", Yoon said.

Moon, candidate for the social liberal Democratic Party of Korea, was elected as the 19th president of South Korea on May 9 with a vote share of 41.08 percent. But some recent United States actions point to a deliberate attempt to get the confrontation going before Moon took office.

Moon met leaders of opposition parties before his simple swearing-in ceremony at parliament, where his party lacks a majority, and promised to coordinate with them on national security.

The TV programme also accused the U.S. of speeding up the deployment before the conservative government in South Korea handed over power.

"We are well aware of China's concerns and concerns about the deployment of the THAAD", Moon said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both congratulated Moon on Wednesday.

"Certainly, China doesn't want a North Korea with nuclear weapons on its border that's going to lend itself to instability, not only the [Korean] Peninsula, but in the region", said Mr. DeTrani, a former Central Intelligence Agency official who served as the State Department's special envoy for six-party talks with North Korea prior to their breakdown in 2009.

The Thaad battery was hurriedly installed in Korea during the snap election campaign. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

At the same time, however, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official reportedly flew to Oslo, Norway, to meet with former USA diplomats and scholars in what is known as "track 2" talks on bilateral issues.

North Korea has conducted five successful nuclear tests since 2006, and analysts say there are signs it's preparing now for a sixth.

"These biochemical substances were to be provided with the assistance of the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency]. while the South Korean Intelligence Service was going to provide necessary support and funding for this attempt at assassination on our supreme leader", he added. The House bill bars ships owned by North Korea or by countries that refuse to comply with United Nations resolutions against it from operating in American waters or docking at US ports.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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