Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in waves to supporters upon his arrival outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea. Addressing the nation after taking the oath

During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said.

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in has told China he will send a special delegation to Beijing to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis and the U.S. missile defence system that has blighted relations between the two countries.

Moon told Abe that he held a similar view about the issues they face regarding North Korea.

Top on the agenda will likely be their different approaches to the North Korea problem and the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antimissile system.

Moon asked President Xi Jinping to "personally look into ways to resolve" China's unofficial sanctions targeting South Korean trade and tourism over THAAD.

Stangarone also added that whatever worldwide plans Moon has, the economic situation in South Korea and the fact that he was elected following an impeachment mean that domestic issues will constrain what he wants to do.

Putin made the comment after Moon said the foremost task to boost cooperation between the two countries was to strengthen strategic bilateral communication to find a solution to curb North Korea's nuclear threat, the Blue House said in a statement.

Moon will send a delegation headed by Park Byeong-seug, a veteran member of parliament and a senior official of Moon's liberal Democratic Party, Yoon said.

Speaking with Moon by phone on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attached importance to implementing the accord, but Moon replied that "most South Korean people are emotionally unable to accept" the deal. At the time, the deal was supposed to be an "irreversible" solution to the so-called comfort women issue that has dogged relations between the countries for decades.

North Korea on Thursday urged Moon's government to end what it considers confrontational policies, including joint drills with the USA military. Such exchanges began in 2004 under then-South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun but were halted in 2011.

"The ultimate goal of sanctions against North Korea is to bring the North to the negotiating table for nuclear disarmament", he added, a sentiment Xi was reported to have agreed with.

But, despite not identifying any individual foreign suspects, North Korea took its threats a step further Thursday by insisting that it would seek extradition for those involved.

Moon was part of the liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration involved in the last inter-Korean summit of 2007, although almost a decade of conservative rule in Seoul has seen ties sour to the point of zero cooperation amid persistent North Korean nuclear and missile tests.



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