Iran keen to deepen ties with South Korea under new president

20 May, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD is installed at a golf course in Seongju South Korea. Former President Park Geun-hye’s decision to allow the United States

South Korea's newly elected President Moon Jae-in expressed his desire to make joint efforts with China to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula by resuming the six-party talks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered his congratulations to the new South Korean leader.

Moon will have a hard diplomatic path to tread in his approach to the North, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States, and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul. Moon advocates a less confrontational policy.

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 US.

President Donald Trump congratulated Moon on his victory in Tuesday's snap election and invited South Korea's new leader to visit the White House. No specific timing was set.

It does not help that Trump recently trashed the "horrible" U.S.

"North and South Korea should seek dialogue and negoti-ations at various levels", it added.

"Threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile development have entered a new stage", Japan's Mr Abe told Mr Moon in their telephone call, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda. So his government will have no fundamental disagreement with the USA, especially now that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the U.S. is not seeking regime change in North Korea.

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The South Korean official told Yonhap that the possibility of an encounter between the two Korean delegations could not be ruled out.

During the phone conversation, the two leaders discussed a broad range of bilateral issues, including the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK's nuclear program, Yoon said. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the diplomacy and demanded anonymity.

"I would think that the [U.S.] administration would like to hear out what he has in mind, how viable that might be, and how it might fit into their policy, which is maximum pressure and engagement", he said. A few days before Moon's election, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S.

The State Department would only say such meetings "are routinely held on a variety of topics around the world and occur independent of USA government involvement".

China and South Korea enjoyed an increasingly warm relationship early in the tenure of Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye, drawn together by shared historical differences with Japan. "If needed, I will fly straight to Washington". I will go to Beijing and Tokyo. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang". Moon also has questioned the deployment of a USA missile defense system the last government rushed into service.

While China has taken steps of its own to pressure the North Korean regime, Washington and Beijing differ in their aims.

In his speech, Moon, 64, also pledged to sever what he described as the collusive ties between business and government that have plagued many of South Korea's family-run conglomerates, known as chaebol, and vowed to be incorruptible.

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