Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

I'll visit Kim if it brings peace, says South Korea's new president


"I hope Russian Federation will play a constructive role to help place North Korea back on the track to denuclearization".

Moon has long said the next South Korean government should review the Thaad deployment and decide to allow it only after seeking China's understanding.

Putin's remarks came during a call to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, who came into office earlier in the week following his election in a rare presidential by-election held Tuesday. According to NewsWeek, Moon's leadership will have adverse effects on the relationship between the US and South Korea.

The policy got its name from an Aesop fable in which the wind and the sun compete to make a traveler take off his coat. He wants to reopen a joint industrial park that was closed previous year to deprive the North of revenue.

Left-leaning Moon Jae-in, who was sworn in as president in the capital Seoul, backs engaging diplomatically with the North.

North Korea is approaching the capability to threaten America with a nuclear-tipped missile.

The new president wants to increase contacts with North Korea, while continuing to pressure its government.

China has also said it will reduce some North Korean coal imports through the end of this year, something Central Intelligence Agency officials say has already begun.

But his scope for maneuver will be limited, analysts say.

For starters, the world is a very different place now than it was in 1997. Now, it has conducted five nuclear tests and Kim Jong Un seems hellbent on developing missiles that can deliver nuclear warheads to the United States.

North Korea on Thursday demanded the handover of "terror suspects" involved in the plot but it did not identify anyone.

On the campaign trail, Moon repeatedly stated he is open to negotiations with North Korea and willing to meet Kim Jong-un. China has criticized the deployment of THAAD as an act of aggression aimed at China and retaliated economically by slowing Chinese tourism to South Korea.

The Trump administration is encouraging China to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in a bid to stop its nuclear programme.

Regardless, talks will happen; Moon has reportedly tapped a special envoy to China to begin discussions, to include THAAD and the nuclear crisis, as soon as Saturday.

Abe said it was important to fulfill the terms of the agreement, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told reporters in Tokyo.

It was the first such "track two" dialogue between the US and North Korea since Trump took office.

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Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea was preparing for its sixth nuclear test and was working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S., presenting Trump with one of his most pressing security issues.

Xi told Moon Seoul and Beijing should respect each other's concerns, set aside their differences, seek common ground and handle disputes appropriately, China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Washington Post's Yoonjung Seo contributed reporting.

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